Who we are
The People's Covid Inquiry has been called by campaign organisation Keep Our NHS Public.
The Inquiry will hear testimony from many witnesses and takes place with support from a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
Our panel, chaired by Michael Mansfield QC will bring world-class rigour to proceedings and will interrogate our witnesses.
Michael Mansfield QC
Chair of panel
Internationally renowned human rights lawyer
Michael Mansfield QC has represented individuals and groups in some of the most controversial legal cases the UK has seen. These include the family of Stephen Lawrence, families of victims at the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, the Hillsborough disaster, the death of Jean Charles de Menezes and those involved in the McLibel trial. He has also chaired a number of high profile international People’s Tribunals dealing with the Middle East. In 2013 he chaired the Lewisham People's Commission which helped save Lewisham Hospital threatened with closure by the then Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and later also the North West London NHS Hospital Inquiry, which eventually helped save Charing Cross Hospital from closure.
Dr Jacky Davis
NHS consultant radiologist, author and BMA council member (in a personal capacity)
Jacky Davis is a founder member of Keep Our NHS Public. She co-authored the books NHS SOS: How the NHS Was Betrayed and How We Can Save It, and NHS For Sale. Dr Davis is also a member of BMA Council. She works as a consultant radiologist at Whittington Hospital in North London.
Professor Neena Modi
Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London and president, UK Medical Women’s Federation
Neena Modi is a consultant in neonatal medicine and a leading researcher who has worked to improve children’s health throughout her career. She is the current president of the UK Medical Women’s Federation, the immediate past-president of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the president-elect of the British Medical Association.
Dr Tolullah Oni
Urban Epidemiologist & Public Health physician at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
Tolullah Oni was born in Lagos, studied in London and worked in South Africa for >10 years. Her research, focused on ways to improve health in cities, has been profiled in The Lancet journal. She is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and the African Academy of Sciences. She sits on The Lancet Planetary Health editorial board, the Future Earth advisory board and is a member of Independent SAGE.
Lorna Hackett, Barrister
Counsel to the Inquiry
Hackett & Dabbs LLP
Co-founder HackettDabbs.co.uk, Lorna Hackett is a barrister specialising in human rights and public law and is committed to protecting the most vulnerable within society. Ms Hackett has a strong track record in judicial review proceedings. She trains other barristers in advocacy and is a renowned public speaker on social justice and client-focussed legal services. Ms Hackett is currently writing a book on Imprisonment for Public Protection in the UK.
Contributors and supporters so far include:
Sonia Adesara | NHS junior doctor
Raymond Agius | Professor Emeritus of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Manchester
Lobby Akinnola | Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice
Rehana Azam | National Secretary GMB Union
Michael Baker | Professor of Public Health, University of Otago, New Zealand
Kirsty Brewerton | NHS Clinical Sister, Acute Medicine
Alia Butt | NHS Psychotherapist and NHS Staff Voices
Rachel Clarke | Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Christopher House and NHS, author
Ellen Clifford | National Steering Committee, Disabled People Against Cuts, author
Anthony Costello | Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development, University College London; former Director at WHO, member of Independent SAGE
Kevin Courtney | Joint General Secretary National Education Union
Jo Goodman | Co-founder Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice
Phil Hammond | NHS doctor, journalist and comedy writer/performer
Richard Horton | editor of The Lancet
Louise Irvine | NHS GP in London, Doctors in Unite
Professor Sir David King | Chair of Independent-SAGE
Prof. Dame Donna Kinnair | Chief Executive and General Secretary Royal College of Nursing
Janet Harris | Sheffield Community Contact Tracing Group
Dr John Lister | academic, author and campaigning health journalist
Professor Sir Michael Marmot | Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity, Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL
Martin McKee | Professor of European Public Health, member of Independent SAGE
Susan Michie | Professor of Health Psychology, UCL, member of Independent SAGE
Unjum Mirza | Secretary, Victoria Line Branch of ASLEF union
Latifa Patel | NHS doctor and BMA representative body
Clare Phillips | operations manager supported living services for adults with learning disabilities
Michael Rosen | author, poet, broadcaster, former Children's Laureate and Covid-19 survivor
Dr. Helen Salisbury | NHS GP in Oxford, columnist for BMJ
Gabriel Scally | President Epidemiology and Public Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Visiting Professor of Public Health, University of Bristol, member of Independent SAGE
Jan Shortt | National Pensioners Convention
James Skinner | Access to Healthcare campaigner, Medact
Mary-Ann Stephenson | Director, Women’s Budget Group
Holly Turner | NHS children's mental health nurse, CAMHS service, GMB union rep
David Wrigley | NHS GP, Deputy Chair, BMA Council (pers. capacity)
Aliya Yule | Access to Healthcare organiser, Migrants Organise