Coroners told to ignore lack of PPE in coronavirus-related inquests

One more time: PPE provided to UK medical staff is at the bottom right. Coroners are being told not to consider whether a national failure to provide proper equipment contributed to the deaths of medical staff.

Now the coroners’ courts are being told to hide the fatal results of failed Conservative policies to tackle the coronavirus, it seems.

Guidance handed down by Mark Lucraft QC, chief coroner for England and Wales, says “an inquest would not be a satisfactory means of deciding whether adequate general policies and arrangements were in place for provision of PPE to healthcare workers”.

He said that “if there were reason to suspect that some human failure contributed to the person being infected with the virus”, an inquest may be required.

The coroner “may need to consider whether any failures of precautions in a particular workplace caused the deceased to contract the virus and so contributed to death”.

But he added: “An inquest is not the right forum for addressing concerns about high-level government or public policy.”

Isn’t that an attempt to palm off responsibility for a lack of PPE onto “a particular workplace” rather than keeping it where it belongs – with the government that sent all our equipment to China and sold domestic stockpiles to a private, US-owned company?

Source: NHS staff coronavirus inquests told not to look at PPE shortages | Society | The Guardian

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  1. Grey Swans May 1, 2020 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    So the top HM Coroner is telling Coroners to lie at inquests as to the cause of death.

    When it is obvious that downgrading Covid19, the worst plague in a century according to medical professionals, is because government becomes not liable for the legal right of sufficiently protective clothing to medical professionals in hospitals, under health and safety law.

    It cannot be up to local NHS managers, when they are crying out for PPE from government and being ignored.

    It cannot be up to local medical staff for not wearing the PPE that is not available, but they are not permitted to speak out, so gagging whistleblowers.

    Even the Health and Safety Executive is thus gagged, by what Coroners are being told to do.

    And government is not listening to clothing manufacturers who are pleading that they have capacity to increase manufacture of PPE.

    If HM Coroner at an inquest, is saying that a cause of death is not due to government policy, but blames the wrong people, then they are complicit in the death of that medical professional. The family should then claim that at inquest and reject the Coroner’s verdict. Because we are getting far too close, to manslaughter by government of medical staff, which is what an employer (government not NHS) is done for, under health and safety.

    Now is the time to demand Tory Boris finally fully runs away, not just be the least working Prime Minister probably on record, and ask him to call a snap early general election now.

    For all the trade unions, especially with members who are medical professionals and carers, to only fund the National Health Action party (made up of medical professionals) who are medical professionals as candidates. Not Labour.

    It might be suggested that the MP candidates from the NHA, were medical professionals who could not work or pregnant doctors and nurses, so should not to be working in hospitals. Maybe carers.

    The NHA could win against Tories, Lib Dems and Labour, as people trust doctors, especially in a pandemic.

    • Mike Sivier May 25, 2020 at 10:33 am - Reply

      No, the NHA Party can’t win against the established political groups because the UK electorate is very “small ‘c'” conservative and won’t change its voting habits on the off-chance that a different party might be better. Apart from that, interesting comment.

  2. SteveH May 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    This is what the stark reality of the herd immunity that Johnson and Cummings had planned for us looks like.

    Watch the video

    Mourners in Brazil are being allowed 5 minutes to pay their respects at the shallow grave of their loved ones before they have to make way for the next 5 minute funeral.

    Brazilians dig mass graves
    Only small groups of family members are allowed inside the cemetery where more than 13,000 graves are being dug.

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