“The scale of the problem set out in the report is truly shocking.” Professor Martin McKee unpicks the findings of two parliamentary reports on the UK’s failed pandemic response in a piece for the BMJ.

“With the incidence of covid remaining many times higher than in our European neighbours, one might think that Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, would want to know why the country has done so badly on his watch,” writes Professor McKee. “Yet, he seems in no hurry to find out, and the long-awaited inquiry will only begin to take evidence in spring 2022. Fortunately, he does not need to wait that long. Two House of Commons committees, overseeing health and social care, and science and technology have helpfully provided their own joint report. It makes uncomfortable reading.”

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