Covid-19

In person evidence sessions following Government move to ‘Plan B’

As of 13th December, the current government advice is to work from home where possible.

We are committed to delivering a robust and thorough Inquiry, with families’, patients, and carers voices at its heart. In-person evidence sessions are an integral part of this work and we want to honour our offer to host in-person evidence sessions where it is safe to do so and participants are comfortable to attend.

Therefore, we are currently continuing to offer in-person evidence sessions. We are exercising caution and the situation is constantly being monitored and is subject to change. If you already have a session booked, we will speak to you to confirm you are still content to have a face to face session.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, via email at contact@emhii.org.uk or leave a voicemail on 0207 972 3500.

EMHII’s Approach to Covid-19

As an Inquiry, we are aware of the uncertainty of Covid-19, however our approach will always:

  • Recognise all government guidance in relation to recommended restrictions and we will continue to follow government guidance where it applies (click here for the latest government advice);
  • Be flexible to meet individual needs;
  • Minimise risk of transmission of Covid-19 to the Inquiry team and anyone involved in the Inquiry as far as possible; and
  • Minimise any impact to the work of the Inquiry as a result of Covid-19 restrictions

The Inquiry is taking the following steps to limit transmission of Covid-19:

  • All EMHII team members attending in-person evidence sessions will take a lateral flow test the day before each session they are due to attend
  • Hand sanitiser will be readily available at evidence session venues in London and Essex
  • Social distancing of 2m will apply during all aspects of evidence sessions

The team’s engagement lead and/or relevant team members will discuss with witnesses any particular needs that they may have related to Covid-19.

While the Inquiry team will do everything we can to honour the dates and times that have been confirmed with witnesses, there is a very small chance that any in-person session may need to be postponed. If this is the case, we will be in direct contact with you as soon as we can.

In the event of further measures

The situation is constantly being monitored as government guidance changes. We will update this page with any relevant changes to the measures we are taking.