Wales would be ‘overlooked’ as part of UK-wide Covid inquiry say Welsh Conservatives
Wales would be “overlooked” as part of a UK-wide inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Welsh Conservatives.
They responded after a woman whose father died with Covid-19 called for a Wales-specific inquiry into the Welsh government’s handling of the pandemic.
Anna-Louise Marsh-Rees said she believed her father, Ian Marsh-Rees, caught the virus whilst in Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, and said that decisions made in Wales had to be “properly scrutinised,” rather than becoming a “footnote” in a UK inquiry.
The Welsh Conservatives said that they agreed and that no inquiry into the Welsh Government and Welsh NHS’ handling of the pandemic would “simply consign the experience to a solitary, overlooked chapter in a UK-wide investigation”.
Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS added that a quarter of those who died in Wales had acquired the deadly virus in a hospital setting, and “they deserve answers from a Wales-specific inquiry”.
“If we are serious about the Welsh Parliament and the decisions taken by ministers in Cardiff Bay then there must be full scrutiny and transparency,” he said. “No ifs or buts, and the First Minister can no longer shirk away from holding an inquiry.
“We owe it to the families who lost loved ones to ensure they have the answers they request, and that Wales learns the lessons from the past 18 months, ensuring our government and public services are fully prepared for any future pandemic.”
The Welsh government has said that they favour being part of the UK-wide inquiry which will start next Spring and have no plans for a Wales-only one.
“The UK-wide inquiry has been agreed between all four nations,” a Welsh government spokesman said.
“We have requested specific chapters of the inquiry deal exclusively with the lived experiences of those here in Wales.