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Welsh Lib Dems Reiterate Calls for Welsh COVID Inquiry

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have reiterated their calls for a Wales specific COVID inquiry. The calls come after it has emerged that of the first three modules of the UK inquiry announced, only one will have a sub-module specifically examining Wales.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS.

The party have accused Labour of dodging scrutiny and of missing an opportunity to ensure Wales is fully prepared for any future pandemic.

The first module will examine the resilience and preparedness of the UK for the pandemic. The second module, which will be dealt with in parts, will look at core political and administrative governance and decision-making by each of the UK's governments. The third module will investigate the impact of COVID, and governmental and societal responses to it, on healthcare systems, including on patients, hospitals and other healthcare workers and staff.

Currently only module two will examine Wales specifically.

A Welsh specific COVID inquiry is supported by the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Welsh Conservatives and Plaid Cymru, but opposed by the Welsh Labour Government.

Scotland is holding its own COVID inquiry.

Commenting Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS said:

“The news today demonstrates that a UK wide COVID inquiry is at risk of not having the adequate scope to thoroughly consider decisions taken in Wales by the Welsh Government during COVID-19.

“Decisions made in Wales, by our devolved Government were often different and had an impact, be it negative or positive. The bereaved families of Wales deserve an inquiry that pays full attention to that decision making in Cardiff Bay.

“The Welsh Liberal Democrats strongly believe in devolution, but Welsh Labour need to understand that with increased powers comes increased scrutiny. This should not be sought to be avoided.

“I would once again urge the First Minister and Welsh Labour to reconsider their position. An inquiry is not about apportioning blame, but rather learning vital lessons to ensure we are more prepared for the future.”

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