NHS chiefs admit being ‘ill-prepared’ at start of pandemic as report says delays cost lives
Saffron Cordery from NHS Providers said trusts “did not get the support they needed” from government “quickly enough” in areas such as access to PPE and testing.
Her comments came as a new report said mistakes at the start of the Covid pandemic cost lives and the government’s initial policy “one of the most important public health failures” ever in the UK.
The joint inquiry by the Science and Technology Committee and the Health and Social Care Committee said the UK’s preparation for a pandemic was far too focused on flu and ministers waited too long to push through lockdown measures in early 2020.
The MPs also said while herd immunity was not an official government strategy, there was a “policy approach of fatalism about the prospects for Covid in the community”.
Stephen Barclay, the Cabinet Office minister, refused to apologise and insisted the government “did take decisions to move quickly” in the wake of the report’s publication.