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COVID-19: Daughter of late Chorleywood lecturer calls for inquiry into government handling of pandemic 

 Published on: 14th April 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

The daughter of a Chorleywood lecturer who died of COVID-19 is encouraging people to sign a petition to start an inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic.

Alan Fitchett sadly passed away during the first wave of the pandemic and his daughter believes “now is the right time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t.”

She emphasised that her dad was healthy before contracting the virus and has joined calls for a public inquiry as she believes the lessons on how to handle the pandemic were not learnt during the first wave.

The daughter took to Facebook and wrote: “So many times I have longed to turn back time to when dad first fell ill. On Saturday March 7, mum asked dad if he should see the out-of-hours GP. He said he’ll be fine. His breathing worsened. On Sunday March 8, we suggested he go to A&E. He said he’ll wait till Monday. He rapidly deteriorated. Finally on Monday evening mum called an ambulance. Within hours of arriving at hospital dad was in an induced coma, fighting for his life.

“Had we known he had COVID-19, or if we had known this virus was killing healthy people, or even if we knew it was already spreading rapidly throughout the UK, we would have acted differently.

“Please sign and share this petition calling for an immediate inquiry into the government’s handling of this pandemic. Speculation of a second wave or simply an increased awareness that a novel virus in a first-world country can go from one person to an epidemic to a pandemic in a matter of days means now is the right time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t.

“Instead of Boris Johnson giving another interview on This Morning telling the nation to ‘take it [COVID-19] on the chin’ we will know how to respond more effectively and spare more heartache.”

To sign the petition click here.

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