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Health Committee Report HC92 – A question of integrity

The Health Select Committee’s Report lacks integrity. Of course, that’s not to say it doesn’t say some useful things. It identifies many serious errors made by the current Government, while laying the blame for many thousands of deaths at Boris Johnson’s doorstep. However, it lacks transparency, suppresses data, and refuses to account honestly for the UK’s failed pandemic preparedness. …

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Exclusive – Seven Secret Pandemic Reports (including Alice)

We can now publish reports from seven secret pandemic exercises conducted by the British Government between 2015 and 2018, including Exercise Alice – the secret coronavirus exercise which could have helped us prepare for COVID-19, but which politicians and healthcare leaders failed to act on. Reading through these reports, it’s very clear that the Department of Health, NHS England …

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Pandemic NHS triage and social care briefing papers

It has taken us over a year to win disclosure of these secret documents prepared by NHS England for the Department of Health & Social Care in 2017/18. They address a pandemic influenza but they are clearly relevant for UK pandemic management during COVID-19. Both documents will be published and downloadable here from 9am on 31st July 2021. …

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Health Secretary ordered to disclose secret pandemic surge documents

In response to our legal campaign, the UK’s Information Commissioner has just issued a ground-breaking decision against the Department of Health & Social Care: they have to disclose secret pandemic surge documents on NHS population triage and adult social care. For over 12 months, the UK Government has done everything possible to avoid disclosure of these two briefing …

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Hancock and the truth: Exercise Alice in Wonderland

Recent events have thrown the probity of the UK Prime Minister and his Health Secretary into question. We can reveal today that Mr Hancock has been keeping the existence of multiple pandemic exercises secret from Parliament and even from the Government’s own scientific expert advisors. These include “Exercise Alice” which modelled MERS – a coronavirus. We now think …

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The Only Way is Essex Fire Service

Let’s open up the mechanics of Exercise Cygnus, and look at the pivotal role of “Resilience Forums” in the UK’s pandemic strategy. Then I’m going to tell you the story of Essex Fire Service’s extraordinary cat-and-mouse response to our legal campaign for pandemic transparency. Resilience Forums – what are they? Exercise Cygnus has been extensively covered in the …

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Cygnus: Phase Two

Today on our Cygnus Timeline we can announce important developments in our campaign to achieve transparency in pandemic data following Exercise Cygnus. Following our legal campaign, the Secretary of State for Health published “the Cygnus Report” on 20 October 2020. This report by Public Health England claimed to summarise the findings of Exercise Cygnus, but barely mentioned PPE or ventilator capacity. We …

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The Connolly Case – UK government argues against 50,000 doctors’ whistleblowing rights during COVID-19

Back in 2018, a landmark crowdjustice campaign saved the career of a young doctor who was scapegoated for systemic clinical and management failings in one of the UK’s largest NHS Trusts. The Bawa-Garba case exposed the serious internal rot which threatens the heart of NHS patient safety, but was diverted by the UK medical establishment into an “educational issue” about …

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The Pandemic Protocol – where is it?

Back in April 2020, the New York Times reported that the UK Government was on the verge of publishing a triage plan for rationing care during the C19 pandemic. The Government later backtracked, for “fear of a public uproar”. Medics on the front line battled on, heedless of political calculations made by the Department of Health. To put …

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It’s time to learn

“We truly did everything we could,” said the Prime Minister as he announced 100,000 British deaths. That was a deeply worrying statement, because it suggested no insight, no admission of error, no change of strategy for the future.  His state of denial was challenged the following day with a direct question about the fact that the UK had …

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