22 Nov 2023

Covid inquiry in the UK exposes Conservative government's approach

From Morning Report, 6:17 am on 22 November 2023

An inquiry into the UK's response to the Covid-19 pandemic is underway and has exposed damning information about the Conservative government's approach.

Tuesday's hearing revealed that current Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, said that the government should just "let people die", and former PM Boris Johnson argued that the UK should just "let it all rip".

Sir Chris Whitty, the UK's Chief Medical Officer, who praised civil servants for their work in what he described as a "chaotic" situation.

However, he also said that other countries were likely experiencing chaos too.

Correspondent Stuart Smith spoke to Corin Dann.