Over 6,500 bereaved by Covid-19
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Nov 30 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
It was very frustrating to watch the inquiry let Matt Hancock, who over saw the UK having one of the highest death tolls in the world from Covid-19 before resigning for breaking his own lockdown rules, get away with lie after lie today.
For example he claimed that in late March ‘societal opinion’ was against interventions, when in fact many care homes had already ‘locked down’ at that point, and many of our members were already doing everything they could to protect their loved ones who might be vulnerable.
Nov 20 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
Today was another day of horrific evidence making clear that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak made catastrophic decisions that led to the unnecessary loss of countless lives, crippled the NHS and plunged the country into even longer lockdowns.
We learned that when Boris Johnson should have been preparing the country for Covid, he was instead insisting “this will be fine”.
Nov 1 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
The evidence from the Covid Inquiry is worse than what bereaved families feared was happening at the time.
Back then, we were often criticised for being “unfair” on the Government when we raised our concerns.
It’s clear now we weren’t being anywhere near critical enough.
In March 2020, when I was panicking about the reports coming out of Italy and how best to protect my family if Covid-19 struck the UK, Boris Johnson was “laughing at the Italians” and joking that “we were going to be great (at Covid-19)”.
Oct 31 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach after reading Boris Johnson’s messages this morning.
During the first and second waves of the pandemic the UK had one of the highest death tolls per person in the world from Covid-19 and it’s clear just how personally responsible for that he was.
Oct 30 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
It was hard to keep up with the number of horrific revelations that came out of the Covid Inquiry today.
As we’ve always suspected, instead of preparing as cases spread across the globe and within the UK, the Government wasted time debating “herd immunity” even when it was clear this would lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths.
Jul 18 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
The first module of the Inquiry has confirmed exactly what the bereaved have always known: that the UK Government had entirely failed to plan to prevent or slow the spread of a pandemic and it was families like ours that paid the price.
The last few weeks have exposed that we had no overall plan for a non-flu pandemic, a dysfunctional civil emergencies framework, and inadequate coordination between local and central government and Westminster and devolved governments.
Jun 27 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
In response to Matt Hancock's appearance at the @covidinquiryuk Lindsay Jackson has made the following statement on behalf of Covid 19 Bereaved Families for Justice:
'Matt Hancock’s appearance today confirmed what we already knew; that he and the Government entirely failed
to plan to save lives, instead focusing their attentions on disposal of bodies in what they accepted as an ‘inevitable’ crisis.
Mar 24 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Please watch ITV’s devastating report from last night.
Instead of listening to bereaved families in person the Covid Inquiry are outsourcing the process to private companies, including 23Red, a PR Firm paid millions for its work inside the Cabinet Office during the pandemic.
23Red are owned by CapGemini, who also won contracts worth millions of pounds, including in NHS Test and Trace.
The conflict of interest is obvious.
These companies shouldn't be anywhere near the Inquiry, never mind responsible for how it reaches bereaved families
Mar 23 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Lobby Akinnola, spokesperson for Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK said “23Red were working with the Cabinet Office throughout the pandemic and have an obvious conflict of interest.
They shouldn’t be anywhere near the Covid Inquiry, never mind have responsibility for how it reaches those worst affected by Covid-19.
Mar 22 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Today is a new low for Boris Johnson.
It’s clear he lied when he said to our faces that he’d done “all he could” to protect our loved ones, he lied again when he said the rules hadn’t been broken in number 10, and he’s lying now when he denies that was the case.
He claims it was “his job” to say goodbye to colleagues, that he “would have needed an electric fence” around him to stick to the rules and that social distancing only applied “when possible".
Mar 21 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
It’s obvious that Boris Johnson deliberately misled Parliament and should resign as an MP.
Far worse though is the lies he deliberately told to bereaved families, after failing to protect our loved ones.
His claim that he did so in “good faith” is sickening.
He isn't a 'celebrity', he's the former health secretary who oversaw the UK having one of the highest death tolls in the world from Covid-19 whilst breaking his own lockdown rules.
He’s the man we wrote to over a year ago asking him to pass over his private gmail emails relating to the handling of the pandemic to the new health secretary in readiness for the Covid Inquiry.
He’s the man who didn’t even respond to us.
Nov 1, 2022 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Matt Hancock isn’t a ‘celebrity’, he’s the former health secretary who oversaw the UK having one of the highest death tolls in the world from Covid-19 whilst breaking his own lockdown rules.
The fact that he is trying to cash in on his terrible legacy, rather than showing some humility or seeking to reflect on the appalling consequences of his time in Government says it all about the sort of person he is.
Oct 4, 2022 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Today was the preliminary hearing of the Covid Inquiry. Baroness Hallett’s claimed that bereaved families are not being “marginalised” in the inquiry.
We are sceptical.
Her proposals for the listening exercise does exactly that.
It’s been alarming to learn that our experiences will be collated by a third party, and worse that those third parties may include PR companies that were part of the Government’s pandemic response.
"It’s clear there has been a culture at @10downingstreet that said the law did not apply to those who worked and lived there, even to the point that when a security guard challenged them, they were laughed at and mocked.
Those laws that were so flagrantly breached were designed to protect people.
Nearly 200,000 people across this country have lost their lives to Covid-19.
But later we learned from the staff, who were fantastic, that 27 patients had in fact died from the virus there.
For the thousands of families like mine who lost loved ones in care homes, the last two years of cover ups and denials have been unbelievably painful.
Apr 12, 2022 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
After everything it’s still unbelievably painful that @BorisJohnson was partying & breaking his own lockdown rules, while we were unable to be at loved ones' sides in their dying moments, or in miserable funerals with only a handful of people.
We were following the rules.
The fact that @BorisJohnson and @RishiSunak then lied about it, and would have continued to do so if the police hadn’t intervened, is truly shameless.
They broke the law.
But even worse, they took us all for mugs.
Apr 12, 2022 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
There you have it.
It’s now indisputable that whilst bereaved families were unable to be at their loved ones' sides in their last moments, or stood at their funerals alone, the people responsible for protecting us in Downing St were partying and rule breaking en masse.