PPE: There needs to be a public inquiry

Frontline NHS staff and care workers are putting their lives at risk because of the Government's failure to provide adequate PPE. Doctors are having to wear visors made by teenagers on 3D printers. Care workers are being told to share the same mask. A number of the protective gowns that the Government flew in from Turkey have been deemed unsafe for use and are now sat in a warehouse gathering dust.

The consequences of these failures are devastating. Hundreds of those on the frontline of this crisis will already have lost their lives. The Government has said lessons will be learnt in time. But those on the frontline of this crisis can’t afford to wait. They need PPE now.

The Government has a legal duty to hold an urgent inquiry into its failure to get adequate PPE to NHS staff and care workers.The Good Law Project is working with the Doctors' Association UK to hold them to it. Our Pre Action Protocol letter to the Department of Health can be seen here.

Litigation of this scale and importance is undeniably difficult and expensive. The Good Law Project has instructed the best legal team available: Paul Bowen QC, Tim Johnston and Emma Mockford of Brick Court Chambers and Bindmans LLP. If you are able to donate to the crowdfunded legal challenge you can do so by clicking here.

Unless we understand these failings now, we risk making the same mistakes all over again. A society that does not learn from its mistakes is condemned to repeat them. We owe those on the frontline of this crisis more than that.

Previous Updates

Government must come clean over lack of PPE for frontline workers

We have renewed our application for a judicial review against Government’s refusal to hold an urgent public inquiry into the hundreds of frontline NHS staff who lost their lives to Covid-19 with Doctors’‌ ‌Association‌ ‌UK‌…

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Hundreds have died – we want justice

More‌ ‌than‌ ‌600‌ ‌frontline‌ ‌healthcare‌ ‌workers‌ ‌have‌ ‌lost‌ ‌their‌ ‌lives‌ ‌to‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌trying‌ ‌to‌ ‌protect‌ ‌us‌ ‌and‌ ‌our‌ ‌loved‌ ‌ones.‌ ‌Yet‌ ‌this‌‌ ‌Government‌ ‌continues‌ ‌to‌ ‌deny‌ ‌the‌ ‌bereaved‌ ‌families‌ ‌the‌ ‌explanations‌ ‌they‌ ‌deserve‌ ‌-‌ ‌because‌ ‌it‌ ‌doesn’t‌…

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PPE Public Inquiry – We received a response from the Secretary of State

On 1 July we received a formal response from the Secretary of State in relation to our judicial review for a public inquiry. You can read his response here.
On 11 June 2020, some days after…

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We have now issued judicial review proceedings

We have now issued judicial review proceedings after the Government refused to launch an urgent inquiry into the failures to provide adequate PPE for NHS staff and other frontline care workers. 
The challenge sets out the…

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