A grieving daughter whose father died of coronavirus has spoken of how she was told Covid-19 was "a hoax" by online trolls and ordered to hang herself for criticising the Government.
Hannah Brady, 24, from Wigan, said she was subjected to relentless abuse online for speaking out about the loss of her father Shaun, who died from the virus in May.
Her father was only 55-years-old when he passed away, after spending more than six weeks in hospital, including 42 nights in intensive care, where his daughters could not visit him.
Ms Brady told MPs that her father had been healthy, with no underlying illnesses but the virus destroyed his lungs, leading to kidney failure, heart failure, pancreatitis and suspected brain damage.
And she blamed the Government's "sluggish response" to dealing with the virus for his death.
Speaking at a virtual hearing, Ms Brady said: "I am using my grief - grief that has come to me and my sister more than 30 years too soon - and I am subjecting myself to online abuse and trolling - that Covid's a hoax, that Covid's a lie, that I should be hanged for questioning our Government - so that bereaved families are no longer ignored.
"We have a wealth of insight into the nightmare of contracting, suffering with, dying from and grieving because of Covid."
She also called for dedicated bereavement support, saying the UK risks a "mental health crisis" if people are not offered help with their trauma and grief.
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, who chaired the hearing, said: "It's appalling that bereaved families are having to face such traumatising abuse online.
"Social media companies must do more to clamp down on this kind of despicable behaviour."
Jo Goodman, who co-founded the Covid-19 Bereaved Families For Justice UK group after losing her dad Stuart, 72, to the virus, said they had written several times to Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock but they have been told that ministers did not have time to meet them.
Jo, from Norwich, said: "We need the government to engage with bereaved families.
"We have a huge amount of information about what we believe led to the death of our loved ones.”
Ms Goodman said the bereaved families felt like they had been "swept under the carpet" and questioned why ministers can find time to meet other groups such as cyclists.
Charlie Williams, whose father Vernute, known as Rex, died in April, said: “None of us are getting support from the Government. We have written several times.
"We have not received condolences from our Government. We hope this Government will please listen to us."
The group previously marched on Downing Street to demand an independent public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic to avoid further, unnecessary deaths in the event of a second wave.
Mr Johnson did agreed to allow an independent inquiry but has not set out any further detail on the timeframe.
More than 158,000 people have signed the group's petition demanding an immediate probe.