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Inquiry publishes list of closing statements for its health and social care impact hearings

Published: 21/06/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published the list of closing statements to be delivered on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June, marking the end of its health and social care impact hearings.

Inquiry invites requests to attend closing statements for health and social care impact hearings

Published: 12/06/2024

The Inquiry is now accepting requests to attend closing statements for its health and social care impact hearings on 27 and 28 June.


 

Let’s Be Heard: Inquiry listening project launches next phase of engagement with Scotland’s communities

Published: 11/06/2024

Let’s Be Heard, the Inquiry’s listening project, has launched its next stage, Focused Engagement. This phase will help broaden the Inquiry’s understanding of the pandemic’s impact on communities across Scotland.

Witness update

Published: 17/05/2024

The Inquiry has published an update regarding Lesley Roberts' announcement that she no longer intends to give evidence at a public hearing. 

Inquiry announces timetable for its next Health and Social Care Impact Hearings (21–23 May)

Published: 16/05/2024

The Inquiry has published the provisional timetable for its final week of Health and Social Care Impact Hearings from 21–23 May. 

Inquiry publishes supplementary academic research reports

Published: 15/05/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published further academic research relating to two of its investigative portfolios.

Inquiry announces hearings update

Published: 10/05/2024

Important dates in the Inquiry's hearings timeline have been published. 

Inquiry announces timetable for its next Health and Social Care Impact Hearings (14–17 May)

Published: 08/05/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published the provisional timetable for its Health and Social Care Impact Hearings from 14-17 May. 

Chief Executive's Update – May 2024

Published: 03/05/2024

Ian Duddy, Chief Executive of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry, has written an update detailing what's ahead for the Inquiry, including its hearings venue and future hearings.

Inquiry announces timetable for its next Health and Social Care Impact Hearings (7–10 May)

Published: 30/04/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published the provisional timetable for its Health and Social Care Impact Hearings from 7-10 May. 

Inquiry announces timetable for its next Health and Social Care Impact Hearings (30 April–1 May)

Published: 23/04/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published the provisional timetable for its Health and Social Care Impact Hearings from 30 April–1 May. 

Inquiry announces timetable for its next Health and Social Care Impact Hearings (23–26 April)

Published: 16/04/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published a provisional timetable for its Health and Social Care Impact Hearings from 23–26 April.

Inquiry publishes supplementary academic research reports

Published: 16/04/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published further academic research relating to two of the Inquiry’s investigative portfolios.

Inquiry announces timetable for its next Health and Social Care Impact Hearings (16–19 April)

Published: 09/04/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published a provisional timetable for its Health and Social Care Impact Hearings from 16–19 April.

Inquiry opens requests to attend its Health and Social Care Impact Hearings (16-19 April and 23-26 April)

Published: 28/03/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry is now accepting requests to attend its Health and Social Care Impact Hearings (16-19 April and 23-26 April).

Inquiry announces timetable for its Health and Social Care Impact Hearings from 26-28 March

Published: 19/03/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published a provisional timetable for its Health and Social Care Impact Hearings from 26-28 March.

Inquiry announces timetable for its next tranche of Health and Social Care Impact Hearings from 12-15 March and 19-22 March

Published: 07/03/2024

The provisional timetable for the Inquiry's Health and Social Care Impact Hearings from 12-15 March and 19-22 March is now available.

Inquiry opens requests to attend next tranche of health and social care impact hearings

Published: 26/02/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry is now accepting requests to attend for the first three weeks of the second tranche of its health and social care impact hearings.

Applications for core participant status are invited from those with an interest in financial and welfare support to businesses and individuals

Published: 26/02/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry is accepting applications for core participant status from those with an interest in the Inquiry’s terms of reference 2(j) and (l).

 

Inquiry's evidence sources explained in short video

Published: 16/02/2024

In a series of videos answering commonly asked questions about how the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry works, Ian Duddy explains how the Inquiry gathers evidence to inform its investigations and reports.

Differences between Scottish and UK Inquiries explained in short video

Published: 05/02/2024

The first in a series of short videos has been published, answering commonly asked questions about how the Inquiry works.

Inquiry announces dates for next tranche of impact hearings

Published: 22/01/2024

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry will resume its health and social care impact hearings on 12 March 2024, continuing through to 28 March before a short pause over the Easter break.

Pauline Reid appointed Solicitor to the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry

Published: 18/01/2024

Pauline Reid brings more than 28 years’ legal expertise to the independent investigation into the handling of the pandemic in Scotland. 

Inquiry update – Lord Brailsford

Published: 10/01/2024

Lord Brailsford, Chair of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry, has very recently been diagnosed with a kidney tumour. He is continuing to work and is expected to make a full recovery following surgery.

Health and social care impact hearings to recommence in February 2024

Published: 13/12/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has paused its health and social care impact hearings to allow for the UK Covid-19 Inquiry to begin its Scotland (Module 2A) hearings in January.

Hearing postponed – 12 December

Published: 11/12/2023

The Inquiry has postponed this week’s hearing, originally planned for Tuesday 12 December, due to Lord Brailsford being taken ill.

 

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry Newsletter: Issue 6 (Autumn-Winter 2023)

Published: 08/12/2023

The latest edition of our newsletter features information about Let's Be Heard's first report, how to apply for core participant status in education and certification, as well as more information about the Inquiry's impact hearings. 

Applications for core participant status are invited from those with an interest in education and certification

Published: 06/12/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry is accepting applications for core participant status from those with an interest in the Inquiry’s term of reference 2(k), which is education and certification. 

Let’s Be Heard publishes preliminary findings

Published: 30/11/2023

Let’s Be Heard, the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry’s listening project, has published its first report. 

Hearings postponed – 28 and 29 November

Published: 27/11/2023

Due to Lord Brailsford being unwell, Inquiry hearings originally scheduled for Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 November have been postponed.

Let’s Be Heard issues call for submissions as listening project reaches participation milestone

Published: 15/11/2023

Dr Alexandra Anderson, Head of Let’s Be Heard, the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry’s listening project, is encouraging people across Scotland to share their experiences of the pandemic before the project’s national engagement phase ends on 20 December 2023.

Inquiry announces timetable for weeks five, six and seven of Health and Social Care Impact Hearings

Published: 03/11/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has announced the timetable for its upcoming Health and Social Care Impact Hearings, and is now accepting Requests to Attend.

Inquiry announces timetable for third and fourth weeks of Health and Social Care Impact Hearings

Published: 25/10/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry is now accepting Requests to Attend for the third and fourth weeks of its Health and Social Care Impact Hearings. 

Inquiry publishes updates as investigation progresses

Published: 19/10/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published several new documents and policies that relate to academic research and the Health and Social Care Impact Hearings. 

Inquiry publishes guidance for witnesses and others attending its impact hearings

Published: 13/10/2023

Information relating to the hearing and viewing venues, and what witnesses called to give oral evidence can expect, is now on the website.

Update on requests to attend Health and Social Care Impact Hearings

Published: 12/10/2023

Information for core participant members/members of the public wishing to attend. 

Inquiry publishes General Restriction Order

Published: 11/10/2023

The Inquiry has published a General Restriction Order which applies to witness statements, documents and other evidence shared by the Inquiry with core participants and others during the course of its investigations and prior to publication of the material by the Inquiry.

Inquiry publishes Witness Expenses Protocol and application form

Published: 29/09/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published its protocol and application form for witness expenses.

Inquiry Chair meets Sweden’s former State Epidemiologist

Published: 28/09/2023

Lord Brailsford, Chair of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry, has met Dr Anders Tegnell, former State Epidemiologist of Sweden, to help the Inquiry understand how other countries responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update from Chief Executive (September 2023)

Published: 25/09/2023

Ian Duddy, Chief Executive to the Inquiry, provides an update on the Inquiry's progress and looks forward to the start of public impact hearings in October. 

Inquiry invites core participants to apply for Leave to Appear

Published: 19/09/2023

Applications will be open from 20 September to close of business on 29 September 2023.

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry Newsletter: Issue 5 (Summer 2023)

Published: 11/09/2023

The latest edition of our newsletter features an introduction to the Inquiry's Chief Executive, the latest on the upcoming impact hearings, and more information about long COVID forming part of the Inquiry's investigations.

Preliminary hearing update

Published: 22/08/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry’s preliminary hearing will be confined to one day. 

Inquiry announces venue for health and social care impact hearings

Published: 22/08/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has confirmed the venue for its health and social care impact hearings, which will begin in October 2023.

 

 

Inquiry opens applications to attend August preliminary hearing

Published: 02/08/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry is inviting requests to attend its preliminary hearing on 28 and 29 August in Edinburgh.  

Inquiry publishes commissioned report on the epidemiology of COVID-19

Published: 14/07/2023

The Inquiry has published a commissioned report from an independent expert on the scientific and medical understanding of coronavirus and COVID-19 as it existed up until the end of 2022.

Inquiry granted leave to intervene in judicial review

Published: 30/06/2023

The Chair of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has been granted leave to intervene in the claim for judicial review brought by the Cabinet Office against the Chair of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry relating to the recovery of documents.

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry appoints chief executive 

Published: 31/05/2023

Ian Duddy is to join the Inquiry from the Scottish Human Rights Commission, where he is currently Chair.  

Long COVID to form part of Inquiry's investigations

Published: 26/05/2023

Lord Brailsford has determined that certain matters relating to long COVID fall within the Inquiry’s formal remit.

Inquiry launches its listening project, Let’s Be Heard 

Published: 22/05/2023

Let’s Be Heard is the main channel for people who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2022 to share their experiences with the Inquiry, tell us how those experiences impacted on them and people they know, and highlight any lessons they believe should be learned so we are better prepared in future. 

Inquiry reopens core participant and funding application process for health and social care investigations

Published: 23/03/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has reopened the core participant and funding application process for its health and social care investigations. Applications can be submitted until 11.59pm on 14 April 2023. 

Inquiry announces hearing structure and sequence

Published: 15/03/2023

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has announced a thematic approach to its hearings and investigations, prioritising people most impacted by the pandemic in Scotland.   

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry Newsletter: Issue 3 (Winter 2022-23)

Published: 28/02/2023

The latest edition of our newsletter features the official name of the Inquiry's listening project, how we are working with the UK Covid-19 Inquiry to avoid duplicating work, and a look at the ways in which you can get involved with our Inquiry. 

Scottish and UK Covid-19 Inquiries formalise how they will work together 

Published: 23/02/2023

An agreement has been published setting out how the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry and the UK Covid-19 Inquiry will work together. A memorandum of understanding has been signed by both inquiries and formalises the process. 

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry opens first round of funding application process 

Published: 23/12/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has today launched its application process for those wishing to claim funding from the Inquiry to cover legal expenses.  

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry secures premises

Published: 22/12/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has signed a lease for premises at Waverley Gate, Edinburgh.

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry announces core participants

Published: 08/12/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published the list of individuals, groups and organisations granted core participant status by Lord Brailsford, the Inquiry Chair.

Inquiry Chair meets bereaved families and relatives of care home residents

Published: 01/12/2022

Lord Brailsford, Chair of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry, has undertaken an initial series of meetings with bereaved families and relatives of care home residents in Scotland.  

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry Chair appoints Senior and Junior Counsel 

Published: 30/11/2022

Lord Brailsford, Chair of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry, has appointed Stuart Gale KC as Co-lead Counsel, and Faryma Bahrami, Mary Ellen Stewart and Alan Caskie as Junior Counsel to the Inquiry.

Inquiry launches listening project pilot

Published: 29/11/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has launched the first phase of its listening project pilot activities.

Lord Brailsford appointed Chair of the Inquiry

Published: 27/10/2022

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced to the Scottish Parliament the appointment of Lord Brailsford as the new judicial Chair of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry. 

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry Newsletter: Issue 2 (Autumn 2022)

Published: 26/10/2022

The latest edition of our newsletter features more information and updates on the Inquiry continuing its important work pending the appointment of a new Chair, an update on the core participant application status, how we will inform our reports and how we are collaborating with the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

Independent Commission on Emergency Powers to assist Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry

Published: 21/10/2022

On 19 October 2022 Lady Poole met Sir Jack Beatson, chair of the Independent Commission on UK Public Health Emergency Powers.

Inquiry continues important work pending appointment of new Chair

Published: 18/10/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry team remains resolutely committed to independently investigating the devolved strategic response to the pandemic in Scotland, and we are continuing our important work on behalf of the public pending the appointment of a new Chair.

Inquiry Chair tenders resignation

Published: 03/10/2022

Lady Poole, Chair to the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has tendered her resignation and issued the following statement. 

Inquiry staff training day

Published: 27/09/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has held a staff training day for all working in the Inquiry. 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Published: 09/09/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry extends its sincere condolences to The King and the family of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, following the announcement of her death at Balmoral on 8 September 2022. 

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry Newsletter: Issue 1 (Summer 2022)

Published: 30/08/2022

Welcome to the first Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry newsletter, allowing people to follow our progress and engage with us in the months and years ahead.

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry opens core participant application process

Published: 12/08/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has today launched its application process for those wishing to be designated as a core participant.

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry Issues "Do Not Destroy" Letters

Published: 05/08/2022

The letters have been sent to a range of organisations or individuals that may hold information relevant to the Inquiry's investigation. 

Public Access to Documents Protocol Published

Published: 14/07/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has published a new Protocol on public access to documents. 
 

Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry publishes Academic Scoping Research

Published: 14/06/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has today (15 June 2022) published the introductory research commissioned as part of the planning process in the early stages of the Inquiry establishment.

Additions to the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry’s Terms of Reference

Published: 09/06/2022

On 9 June 2022 it was announced in the Scottish Parliament that additional matters would be added to the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference.

Academic Scoping Research to be Published Soon

Published: 25/05/2022

As part of the planning process, the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry commissioned introductory research from academic institutions including the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Highlands and Islands, and Birmingham.

Public Launch of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry

Published: 25/05/2022

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has been set up and is officially launched.