Govt must publish evidence used for lockdown review

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to publish in full the evidence they use to decide next week whether or not to continue the lockdown.


Today, the Health Secretary published a written statement with just one paragraph explaining the outcome of the first review on 16th April.

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

"The coronavirus crisis is leaving the most vulnerable in our communities at risk, and people across the UK are rightly worried about their loved ones. Liberal Democrats continue to support the expert advice for people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

"The public needs to have confidence in the Government's plan for relaxing lockdown measures and their capability to test, trace, and isolate will be a crucial part in keeping people safe."

"The Government must be open and honest with the public about the decisions it makes whether to continue the lockdown or lift restrictions. The evidence they use to make these decisions must be available to everyone for proper scrutiny. A short written statement like this simply will not do.

"When the Government completes its next review of the lockdown next week, Ministers must be far more transparent and publish in full the evidence they have used.

"We understand the need to entrust the Government with these powers for a temporary period to deal with this crisis. The Government must not abuse that trust and Liberal Democrats will be holding it to account to make sure it doesn’t."

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