Impact on the population (1)
Including families, social care, disability
The worst pandemic in a hundred years has caused over 2 million deaths worldwide and by late January the toll of excess deaths in the UK since the outset has passed 120,000. Was this scale of death, long-term illness and distress inevitable? What was the impact on those most at risk – including the elderly in residential homes or receiving domiciliary care, and disabled people living independently with support or in residential homes? What was the impact of low pay and care responsibilities on women and carers?
‘We put a protective ring around our care homes’
‘We’re helping [businesses and individuals] through the pandemic with a £280bn support package,
which is among the most generous in the world’
Treasury spokesperson, 20 December 2020
'There will indeed be a time when we must learn the lessons of what has happened ... I don't think that moment in now.'
Boris Johnson, 27 January 2021
Testimony from patients and families, from bereaved families, from care staff, from disabled people, from frontline staff will inform the panel about the impact on different parts of the population and society as a whole. Evidence will enable some comparisons between the UK and other countries, some of whom adopted different strategies to those of the UK government.
Our panel members are:
Michael Mansfield QC (chair), Professor Neena Modi, Dr Tolullah Oni, Dr Jacky Davis, Lorna Hackett Barrister (Counsel to the Inquiry)
The witnesses for this session will include, TBA