A COVID report has condemned major Government errors which led to tens of thousands of deaths. In the report, MPs claim the Scientific Advisory Group (SAGE), led by Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, gave advice that delayed the first lockdown and allowed the virus to spread through care homes. This website wants to know whether you think the chief advisers should resign.
The first major inquiry into the Government’s handling of the pandemic was carried out by the health and science committees of the House of Commons, and echoes the claims made by Dominic Cummings months earlier. The ‘Coronavirus: lessons learned to date’ report has revealed that during the first few months of the pandemic, the Government followed the advice of scientific and medical advisers to strategize herd immunity in the UK, rather than working to protect as many people as possible.
The committee reported that the Government “made a serious early error in adopting” a “fatalistic approach”.
The inquiry read: “When the Government moved from the ‘contain’ stage to the ‘delay’ stage, that approach involved trying to manage the spread of covid through the population rather than to stop it spreading altogether.”
It continued: “The fact that the UK approach reflected a consensus between official scientific advisers and the Government indicates a degree of groupthink that was present at the time which meant we were not as open to approaches being taken elsewhere as we should have been.”
By groupthink, the report means the group of advisers and ministers wanted to agree on a plan of action, but this conformity resulted in an irrational, dysfunctional decision-making outcome.
The inquiry suggests much of the early advice from SAGE was wrong, but ministers “felt it was difficult to challenge the views of their official scientific advisers”.
The choice to suppress the virus rather than stop the virus meant the Government was slow to introduce lockdown measures, stop international travel, and introduce mass testing, the report finds.
It reads: “There should have been more challenge to Public Health England to increase testing capacity right at the outset by ministers, scientific advisers and the Department of Health and Social Care.”
The report adds: “There was a desire to avoid a lockdown because of the immense harm it would entail to the economy, normal health services and society.
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