Calls for Wales-specific Covid inquiry continue as UK-wide hearings begin
Calls for a Wales-specific Covid inquiry have been reiterated as UK-wide hearings get underway today.
Preliminary hearings are due to begin in London ahead of evidence being heard properly early next year.
The Covid inquiry will be chaired by retired judge Baroness Heather Hallett with the first stage examining the UK’s “resilience and preparedness” for an event such as the coronavirus pandemic.
The Welsh Government has previously rejected calls for a Wales-specific inquiry, claiming a UK-wide process is the best way for Welsh voices to be heard.
However, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has accused the devolved Labour government of dodging scrutiny and of missing an opportunity to ensure Wales is fully prepared for any future pandemic.
She said: “Decisions made in Wales, by our devolved government were often different and had an impact, be it negative or positive.
“The bereaved families of Wales deserve an inquiry that pays full attention to that decision-making in Cardiff Bay.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats strongly believe in devolution, but Welsh Labour needs to understand that with increased powers comes increased scrutiny. This should not be sought to be avoided.
“I would once again urge the First Minister and Welsh Labour to reconsider their position. An inquiry is not about apportioning blame, but rather learning vital lessons to ensure we are more prepared for the future.”
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