Photo: Frank Augstein/AP

As the UK High Court hears a case about the Government’s alleged failure to protect the elderly and vulnerable in care homes during the Coronavirus pandemic, I spoke with Times Radio’s Nadira Tudor on Tuesday.

Listen to Discussion from 10:10

We discuss the causes of the official toll of almost 42,000 Covid-19 deaths in care homes up to April 2021, with the actual total likely to be far higher, amid the Government’s initial pursuit of herd immunity and failure of testing as residents were returned from hospitals.

We consider issues of transparency, accountability, and action to ensure that the unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands is not repeated.

This is an open society. You need a public inquiry for transparency about what occurred so that people do not feel they were misled, so that they do not feel that politicians simply didn’t give a darn about what happened to their loved ones.