The Jersey Independent Covid-19 Review has published its final report into the response to the pandemic.
An independent panel led by Sir Derek Myers was commissioned in March 2022 to review the Government’s handling of the pandemic between December 2019 and January 2022.
The Review took five months from March to July 2022 and met 42 individuals and groups; received 94 submissions; reviewed 13 self-assessments from government officers and discussed events with 33 politicians and others holding public office and dozens of Government staff.
The report found that overall the response was handled well, but made 16 recommendations into how the Government could be better prepared in future.
Ministers, Scrutiny panel members, other Assembly members, Government staff and the voluntary sector came together and delivered the basics well
It found: “In the toughest of circumstances, from a less than ideal starting position, Ministers, Scrutiny panel members, other Assembly members, Government staff and the voluntary sector came together and delivered the basics well.”
The Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Wylie, said: “I want to thank Sir Derek and the independent panel for delivering this report in a timely fashion. We remain mindful that 142 Islanders lost their lives to the pandemic and our thoughts are with their families and loved ones, as well as those families who were separated from loved ones for considerable periods and who faced many hardships.
“While the panel found that overall the Government did a good job, I am grateful for its recommendations, which will be presented to the Assembly and an action plan developed so that as an Island we can be better prepared in future.”
Pictured: Professor Maggie Rae, Sir Derek Myers and Sir Richard Gozney