Linlithgow and Falkirk East MP calls for Covid pandemic enquiry

Local MP Martyn Day, the SNP’s shadow spokesperson for health and primary care, has called for an immediate public enquiry into the UK Government’s handling of Covid-19.

Monday, 31st May 2021, 6:00 am
Martyn Day MP, Linlithgow & East Falkirk Constituency (SNP)

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was forced to answer questions following allegations made by Boris Johnson’s former senior aide Dominic Cummings that “senior ministers, senior officials, senior advisers fell disastrously short of the standards that the public has a right to expect of its government in a crisis like this”.

Mr Day said: “The public, especially those grieving the death of a loved one, deserve answers.

"The UK Government must prevent further unnecessary suffering by holding an immediate and comprehensive public inquiry into their handling of the pandemic.”

He added: “We have heard a litany of evidence over the last few weeks that the virus wasn’t taken seriously in February last year. Issues compounded by the ignoring of advice from SAGE to lockdown in September - which ultimately resulted in a worse second wave.

“If the Health Secretary had acted sooner how many lives could have been saved? Or restriction could have been avoided?

“Boris Johnson has already come under fire for delaying the public inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic until spring next year.”