‘Tens of thousands died who didn’t need to die,’ says Dominic Cummings as he calls for inquiry this year

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Dominic Cummings, former chief adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, giving evidence to a joint inquiry of the Commons health and social care and science and technology committees (PA Wire)
Dominic Cummings, former chief adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, giving evidence to a joint inquiry of the Commons health and social care and science and technology committees (PA Wire)

Dominic Cummings has called for an inquiry into the pandemic this year as he admitted tens of thousands of people “died who didn’t need to die”.

The Prime Minister’s former chief adviser said the idea that an inquiry will take place next year was “completely terrible”.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said an independent public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic will be held in spring 2022.

However, Mr Cummings told MPs: “I think the idea that in any kind of serious inquiry and lessons learned doesn’t start until next year is completely terrible.

“The families of all…tens of thousands of people died who didn’t need to die. There is absolutely no excuse for delaying that because a lot of the reasons for why that happened are still in place now. Look at the whole debate about variants and whatnot. This has to be honestly explained.”

Mr Cummings appeared to grow angry and added: “If No10 today won’t tell the truth about the official plan which they briefed the media about and described on TV a year ago. What on earth else is going on in there now?”

During today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called on Mr Johnson to bring forward the timing of the inquiry to this summer and “as soon as possible".

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