Scottish Government confirms independent inquiry into handling of Covid pandemic will begin this year

THE Scottish Government will begin an independent inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic by the end of the year, it has said.

The public are being asked to share their views on the approach to the inquiry, following the publication of an “aims and principles” paper on Tuesday.


The Scottish Government confirmed an inquiry into their handling of the pandemic will start this yearCredit: PA

Setting up an inquiry into coronavirus was one of Nicola Sturgeon’s pledges for her first 100 days of the reformed Scottish Government following the election.

The inquiry will “scrutinise decisions taken in the course of this pandemic, and learn lessons for future pandemics”, the government says.

Members of the public will be able to share their ideas on the inquiry up to September 30.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Since the early stages of our pandemic response we have been committed to a public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic in Scotland, to ensure that lessons are learned for the future.

“The publication of this aims and principles paper, as one of our 100 days commitments, is an important step towards the establishment of that inquiry.

“We will continue to listen to those affected by Covid-19, including bereaved families, on what they wish the public inquiry to focus on.

“Their feedback will be fundamental in reviewing the suggested approach set out here, and setting the terms of reference for an independent Scottish inquiry.

“Discussions are also ongoing with the UK Government on the planned four-nations inquiry, to ensure all areas that need to be considered are covered in a way that gives confidence to bereaved families and others

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