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Boris Johnson threatened to take legal action to delay the promised Covid hearing

Boris Johnsonargues thatCovidhas stalled the promised hearingin dealing with the crisis. You are threatened to take legal action. No start date has been set.

The bereaved family has announced plans to investigatejudicial review. The Prime Minister accused the investigationof breaking his pledge to begin in "Spring 2022".

FormerCourt of AppealsJudge Heather Hallett was selected to lead the investigation six months and more than six weeks after she recommended the terms of consignment. They say they did.

The delay is alleged to be a violation of the 2005 Investigation Act, which requires the government to announce the start date of the investigation "within a reasonable time" to appoint the chair.

The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign called waiting for more than six months "unprecedented and completely unexplained."

"Most inquiries will indicate a set date within days or weeks of the appointment of the chair," said Elkan Abrahamson, the legal representative of the group.

"The consequences are very serious, as destroying or tampering with evidence after the start date of the investigation is only a criminal offense.

" The Prime Minister gives one By failing to open the door to important evidence of destruction. "

Covid-19 bereaved representatives for justice , Posing a photo with a picture of a deceased relative next to the Covid Memorial Wall

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Johnson said in the spring 2024.

Baroness Hallett's report, which has long been accused of dragging the heel to prevent horrific conclusions about the response to the pandemic that occurred before the general election. , It seems that it has been announced for a long time after the election. There will be no hearing until next year after she reveals.

In March, she wrote: "Once the terms of the consignment have been agreed, we are ready to start the investigation. We want to collect evidence all year round and start a hearing in 2023."

But The investigation has not started yet. There is a gap in the Prime Minister's more vocal claim in Covid that he "received the big call correctly."

StillThe only investigationever conducted was led by two former Conservative Cabinet ministers, who answered his answer as "the worst public health failure in the UK." I called it "one of them."

Thousands of people can be avoided because the "herd immunity" strategy was considered, delaying the blockade in March 2020 and failing to protect the elderly and vulnerable groups. It turned out that there was a dead person.

Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice co-founder Jo Goodman accused Johnson of "lying to the face of the bereaved family" and delayed the investigation.

"He promised to start the investigation by the spring of 2022. The deadline was already too late. There is no progress here at the end of June," she said.

The investigation task is enormous, including the timing of the blockade decision, the required scientific advice, testing and PPE, discharge of infected patients to care facilities, and the initial decision not to close the border. increase.

A spokesperson for Downing Street said Johnson "consulted with the delegated government" and said the terms of the mandate would be "coming soon."