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We have now issued judicial review proceedings

11th June 2020

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 Department of Health’s legal obligation under the Human Rights Act 1998 and Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights to commence an immediate and independent investigation into whether failures to provide adequate PPE may have caused or contributed to the deaths or serious illness from COVID-19 of workers in the health and social care sectors, as well as patients. Tragically, there have been at least 180 deaths of NHS staff and 131 deaths of social care workers, in England, related to COVID-19. 

If we are to have any chance of learning lessons before the second and third waves of this virus, we must have an urgent public inquiry.

You can read more about the Grounds of the case here. The litigation is being crowdfunded. If you are able to, you can donate here.


This article is part of our PPE: There needs to be an urgent inquiry case

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.

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