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Legal action filed against decision not to publicise findings on Britain's preparedness for a flu pandemic

A LEGAL claim has been filed against the government’s decision not to make public its findings on the country’s preparedness for a flu pandemic.

NHS doctor Moosa Qureshi and journalist Tommy Greene, who are represented by law firm Leigh Day, are calling on the High Court to declare the decision not to disclose the full findings of a 2016 drill unlawful.

They say that the results of the simulation exercise must be published as the analysis is critical to holding the government to account over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The exercise, codenamed Cygnus, tested the country’s ability to handle an influenza outbreak.

The three-day operation involved all levels of national, regional and local government as well as police and other organisations.

Dr Qureshi and Mr Greene believe that the full findings would also show the extent to which Britain had gaps in its stockpiling of personal protective equipment and inadequate provisions for critical care in hospitals.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s refusal to disclose the entire report “shows his callous disregard for human life,” said Dr Qureshi.


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