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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.