Covid inquiry: Families unhappy with Welsh government

2023-06-08 21:58:56  • 3 mins

Bereaved families of coronavirus victims feel the Welsh government has not adequately taken part in the Covid public inquiry, their solicitor says.

Craig Court, who represents bereaved families, said the Welsh government had not participated "as well as they should have".

He claimed the Welsh government failed to deliver crucial paperwork with just days to go before Tuesday's inquiry.

The Welsh government refused to comment on an open inquiry.

A UK-wide inquiry will start on Tuesday, which could go on as long as three years, and will predominantly look at the UK government's approach to the pandemic.

A Wales-specific inquiry was blocked by Labour members of the Senedd, with First Minster Mark Drakeford saying it should wait until after the UK-wide investigation had been completed.

Mr Court told BBC Wales "there is a great concern over the duty of candour" displayed by the Welsh government.

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He said the worries stemmed from the "very late disclosure" of documents from the government, which have made preparations for the Tuesday inquiry difficult.

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