The government has set up the COVID-19 public inquiry to examine the UK's preparedness and response to the pandemic, and to learn lessons for the future. Its chair is Baroness Heather Hallett DBE.
The final terms of reference, following a six-week public consultation on the draft terms, have been accepted by the government. The inquiry was officially launched by Baroness Hallett on 21 July 2022. During the launch she set out her approach to the inquiry as well as the timetable, with the first procedural hearing due to take place on 20 September.
The inquiry will be broken down into three modules with teams set up across the UK to investigate and report on each module, followed by public hearings chaired by Baroness Hallett. The third and final module will examine the impact on the health sector including the impact of COVID-19 and of the governmental and societal responses to it, on healthcare systems and patients, hospital and other healthcare workers and staff. Among other issues, it will investigate healthcare systems and governance, hospitals, primary care, the impact on NHS backlogs and non-COVID treatment, the effects on healthcare provision of vaccination programmes, and long COVID diagnosis and support.
On 3 October at 3pm, in partnership with a panel of legal firms drawn from NHS Providers' legal commercial partners panel, we are hosting a free one hour webinar on the inquiry. This will examine the implications of announcements so far. This will be followed by a Q&A for attendees with our three legal panel firms: Browne Jacobson, Capsticks and Hempsons.
Chair Baroness Hallett launched the public inquiry, providing an update on its timetable and approach. This briefing summarises the planned approach and timetable, dates for the first procedural and public hearings, and details of the modular structure of the inquiry.
Miriam Deakin responds to the official start of the UK COVID-19 Public Inquiry by chair Baroness Hallett.
Chris Hopson responds to the publication by the government of the draft terms of reference for the forthcoming public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic.
NHS Providers director of policy and strategy Miriam Deakin chairs this webinar in preparation for the COVID-19 inquiry with speakers Georgia Ford (partner, Capsticks), Gerard Hanratty (partner and head of health, Browne Jacobson) and Liz Hackett (partner, Hempsons).
These are the slides from a webinar we held in partnership with NHS Providers' legal panel, Browne Jacobson, Capsticks and Hempsons which explored the legal framework for public inquiries; likely issues for the COVID-19 public inquiry; and practical tips for trusts in preparing for and responding to the inquiry.
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