COVID-19 public inquiry

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.

If you are a trust, and would like to get in touch with us about the inquiry, please contact senior inquiry and legislation manager Finola Kelly or head of policy and public affairs Ferelith Gaze.

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