A spokesperson for the Covid-19 Bereved Families for Justice group said in a statement to CNN: “It is deeply upsetting for those of us who have lost loved ones to see the Prime Minister paint in a luxury villa rather than respond to the devastating news from yesterday’s report If the prime minister wants his condolences to make sense, he should set a new timeline for the next inquiry.
Among the biggest failures of the government’s approach was an initial policy at the start of the pandemic to try to manage the spread of Covid, rather than stopping it altogether, lawmakers said.
In its statement, the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group said: “Following yesterday’s report, bereaved families across the UK will wake up this morning wondering if their loved ones could still be with them if the Johnson’s government had made different decisions. Meanwhile, Johnson himself is relaxing on a beach. “
The statement added that the report “has only scratched the surface of what the country has been through for the past two years,” criticized Johnson for dragging his feet in a public inquiry into the pandemic and called for the immediate opening of an investigation.
In the Prime Minister’s absence, Oliver Dowden – the Conservative Party’s co-chair – apologized to families who had lost loved ones and said he welcomed the report.
“Of course I’m sorry, like the Prime Minister is sorry,” Dowden told Sky News. “We are sorry for the losses that all of these families have suffered.”
Dowden admitted the government “would do some things differently in hindsight” but added “this was an unprecedented crisis … there is no perfect settlement we could follow.”
He added that the government “will fully analyze and give a full response to the report.”