Layla Moran

Bereaved families "ignored" by Number 10

Boris Johnson has been accused of "actively ignoring" the families of people who have died from coronavirus after he and other government ministers refused to meet or engage with them.

At a hearing of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on coronavirus today, bereaved families told MPs they have written three times to the Prime Minister asking to meet and share their experiences, but were told that officials were unable to arrange a meeting “due to the current pandemic”.

Jo Goodman, from the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice told the cross-party inquiry said "it feels as though we are being swept under the carpet"  and that the group felt "actively ignored by those who could listen and make a difference."

Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP and chair of the APPG on Coronavirus, said:
"It is unacceptable that bereaved families have been met with such a wall of indifference from Number 10. The prime minister must agree to listen to families who have lost loved ones to coronavirus and take their concerns on board.

"We also need greater support for bereaved families and those living with long-term symptoms of Covid.  This cross-party inquiry will continue to hear from those impacted by this terrible disease, so we can put pressure on the government, learn lessons and save lives."

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