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Watch: Civil servant Simon Case in delayed Covid inquiry appearance

Watch: Civil servant Simon Case in delayed Covid inquiry appearance

Simon Case is the head of the civil service, which makes him probably the most important unelected person in politics. The cabinet secretary’s role is to advise the prime minister, lead implementation of the government’s policies and manage other high-level civil servants. Born in Bristol in 1978, he first joined the civil service as a […]

Covid inquiry investigating impact on children

Covid inquiry investigating impact on children

The UK Covid Inquiry has opened its investigation into the impact of the pandemic on children and young people., external Areas it will focus on include how children’s education, development, mental health and use of social media were affected. The inquiry said it would listen to children with special educational needs, disabilities and from a […]

Covid inquiry to hear evidence in NI this week

Covid inquiry to hear evidence in NI this week

Image source, PacemakerImage caption, Why decisions were taken about what happened in Northern Ireland hospitals during the pandemic will be one of the things examined by the inquiry By Marie-Louise Connolly BBC News NI health correspondent “Watching Covid patients say goodbye to their families via a Zoom call was difficult and extremely emotional.” Dr George […]

Care workers felt neglected compared to NHS staff – inquiry

Care workers felt neglected compared to NHS staff – inquiry

The inquiry is shown a briefing that PHW prepared on 11 March making the case for the Welsh government to declare a major incident. It outlined predictions that Wales would see 1.5 million symptomatic cases, 200,000 requiring hospital admission, an estimated 18,000 needing mechanical ventilation and 25,000 predicted deaths. The briefing also said that a […]

Error to open pubs not schools, Covid inquiry told

Error to open pubs not schools, Covid inquiry told

The inquiry heard that in some countries, children were at the forefront of national concerns. The prime ministers in Norway and New Zealand held TV briefings for children at the start of the pandemic to reassure them and to thank them for all they were doing. “We didn’t have such an event in the UK, […]

UK Covid inquiry comes to Scotland… in 90 seconds

UK Covid inquiry comes to Scotland… in 90 seconds

The UK Covid inquiry has upped sticks from London to Edinburgh. Over the next three weeks, the inquiry will hear evidence from government ministers and experts about decisions taken in Scotland during the pandemic. BBC political correspondent Kirsten Campbell outlines what can be expected during the inquiry’s time north of the border. Video by Morgan […]