Written Evidence Submitted by Public Health England
Joint inquiry into Coronavirus: Lessons Learnt – inaccurate mention of PHE officials
I write to request a correction to an error mentioned during the evidence session with the Secretary of State on Thursday 10 June 2021.
Referring to a whistle blower report Dr Eamonn O’ Moore and Dr Julia Verne were incorrectly named. I would like to confirm that they were not involved in the production of care home guidance at the time. More generally, many officials and experts are involved in gathering evidence to produce guidance and you will agree that attributing responsibility to individuals in this way is misleading.
I would therefore be grateful if the Committee would take the following steps to rectify this error:
The same PHE officials were also mentioned by name in the Byline times and I have written to the journalist who has since retracted the names in the online report.
Interim Chief Executive
(21 June 2021)