It has now been confirmed that the COVID-19 investigation will examine the impact of the pandemic on mental health as well as on children and young people.
The terms of reference, which determine the scope of the request, fall under the already established main topics of the request – to study the answer to pandemic and its influence in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and create an actual narrative of what happened.
He also plans to identify lessons that can be learned so that they can be used to prepare for future pandemics.
Baroness Chair Heather Hallett also recommended reconsidering the circle of the department, “to bring inequality to the forefront, so that the investigation of the unequal effects of the pandemic goes through the entire investigation.”
She said in a written update to the prime minister on Thursday: “The unequal impact of the pandemic was a topic that was strongly voiced in responses to the consultation.
“I therefore recommend revising the terms of reference to highlight possible inequalities so that an investigation into any unequal effects of the pandemic runs through the entire investigation.
“This is an important recommendation to ensure an inclusive approach to the investigation.”
This came after a four-week consultation period during which more than 20,000 people responded, and Baroness Hallett and her team also met with the families of the deceased and representatives of stakeholders.
Now Boris Johnson has to agree to the terms of reference, although it is supposed to be actually just a stamping exercise.
The COVID-19 the investigation is set to begin with a public hearing in 2023.