^Yet still, some believe (or say) that the government were taken by surprise? Unbelievable!^
The government went to sleep on the job.
There had been quite a bit of pandemic planning going on since the Y2000. But the recommendations for improvement arising from the results of exercises to test the planning were ignored, latterly because the government was too preoccupied with Brexit to take notice of our planning shortcomings.
The section of the report on Pandemic Planning details it all.
Preparation for emergencies is part of a government's job. This point does not seem to be understood by the apologists.
Pandemics have been forecast for years. It was just a question of 'when' it actually happened.
Spot on MaizieD
I was responsible for creating business continuity plans for the boards of a small number of my clients - if I'd failed to provide them, I would have been sacked.
In the case of our 'beloved Government' they were provided, and updates recommended, but I can only presume for reasons of political dogma/ideology they were deliberately ignored.
Such actions in a company, had their been a fatality as a result of not implementing similar plans could well have resulted in criminal proceedings for the company and its directors.
I wonder if the same rigour will be applied at the public enquiry in 2022.