Responding to the study produced by MPs on the Science and Technology Committee and Health and Social Care Committee that found serious errors in the pandemic preparations and response, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“This report shows multiple lapses and failings in the approach and response to the pandemic, leading to countless needless deaths.
“It drives home the urgent need for the public inquiry to start gathering evidence immediately, to learn lessons and hold those responsible to account.
“The MPs’ findings also make a compelling case for the top to toe reform of social care the government continues to ignore.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.