To save anyone from reading it a very good precis of the major points are covered in this BBC report thread of today -
Fwiw it seems to be generally confirming what I've been saying throughout, namely the country wasn't prepared for such a pandemic (no country was), the government DID follow the experts recommendations and the priority was to save the NHS (which led to the decanting of elderly back to their care homes to create bed space).
Mistakes were made which led to deaths but somethings were also done brilliantly in particular the vaccine development and roll out led by Kate Bingham.
The view of the experts at the start seemed to have been that Covid could not be kept out, so there was no point to shutting the stable door any more, instead it needed to be managed within the community - thus by default the thinking became herd immunity.
The report is challenging that view of the experts (and notes - I can't recall the exact number without looking through the report again - that all but one of the scientists who attended the sage meetings - there was something like 850 of them - were British) and suggest that this led to 'group think' and suggests we should have had more international views on what was needed particularly from the south Asian country's who had experience of SARS and went into lockdown and closed their borders immediately - to have based better decisions on.
Fwiw imo I think the report is fair as far as it goes but doesn't take into account political and practical factors that put into context why decisions were or were not taken at the right times.
For instance the report says we should have locked down sooner and it also says that we did ban travel from country's worst effected by Covid but also that over 60% of our Covid infections in the first wave came from just just France and Spain - so what action should the government have done at that time - close the boarders and leave hundred of thousands, maybe millions of UK nationals stranded abroad worldwide???
Imagine the outcry if they did that.
Also at the time there wasn't the ability to test everyone for Covid so the resources we had were mainly used to test people going into hospital. The report believes more should have been done to test those returning to care homes - fair comment so far - but it still leaves the fact that care home staff - particularly agency workers - were untested and some infected and spreading the virus unknowingly themselves.
Point being everyone could have left hospital Covid free only to be cared for by people with Covid.
What do you do, keep the elderly in hospital - but you need the beds - look what happened in places like India when the hospitals were overwhelmed with Covid patients.
Which is the best of the two evils the government were faced with?
Hindsight is a wonderful thing but you've got to judge on what was known at the time and what resources there were to hand.