The public inquiry into preparations for, and the response to, the pandemic in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has begun, with the publication yesterday (28 June) of widened terms of reference by the Cabinet Office.
The inquiry is now formally established under the Inquiries Act 2005.
The Inquiry Chair, Baroness Heather Hallett, has appointed 49 junior Counsel to support Hugo Keith QC, Lead Counsel to the Inquiry, Martin Smith, Solicitor to the Inquiry, and 11 recently appointed QCs.
The inquiry will cover the public health response across the whole of the UK; the response of the health and care sector across the UK; and the economic response to the pandemic and its impact, including governmentinterventions.
The widened terms of reference include consideration of the response of care in the home, a change specifically requested by the Homecare Association and recommended by the Inquiry Chair. Unpaid carers have also been added.