DAUK on ITV News: NHS deaths from Covid-19 must have comprehensive inquests

DAUK’s Dr Katie Sanderson in ITV news:

There are fears that the families of key workers who’ve died with Covid-19 may be prevented from finding out the full facts about their deaths.

The Chief Coroner for England and Wales said inquests into coronavirus deaths among NHS workers should avoid examining systemic failures in provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Elkan Abrahamson, a leading lawyer who represented some of the Hillsborough families warns this could mean families having to fight once again for the truth.

He said lessons haven’t been learnt from Hillsborough and the government must ensure inquests are open and transparent and provide families with answers.

Dr Katie Sanderson from the Doctors’ Association UK says there are disturbing parallels with Hillsborough.

The Association, which represents doctors says only comprehensive inquests into the deaths of every NHS and care worker will give the bereaved the ability to ask questions and have the circumstances of their loved ones’ deaths fully explained.

There are also calls for a full public inquiry into the provision of PPE and the impact on healthcare professionals.