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Suffolk care bosses prioritise supporting providers through Covid-19 crisis

Care bosses in Suffolk have said their priority remains supporting providers in Suffolk though the coronavirus crisis, as some authorities plan public inquiries.

A petition for a public inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 crisis by the Government has attracted more than 10,000 signatures and politicians in Birmingham have pledged their own investigation into the response there.

It comes as Westminster’s pandemic modelling has been called into question, while The Guardian reported the Government was warned two years ago that care homes would be vulnerable in a pandemic situation.

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Folder of Coronavirus covid19 2019 nCoV outbreak. (34985430)

Suffolk’s care chiefs have said it is too early to consider any kind of investigation, but confirmed all of the data and experiences collected locally would help the Suffolk Resilience Forum for future pandemic planning.

Cabinet member for adult social care, Beccy Hopfensperger, said: “We will be building on all that data that we are collecting and it will help in the future – hopefully we won’t ever have to go through this again.

“There are lessons to be learned through anything like this but it’s a bit fleet of foot.

“What we have tried to do is put as much planning process in beforehand, as far as you can plan, to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

“There will be a time to reflect and learn when we start coming out of the other end a bit more.”

The council said it would not want to begin carrying out an inquiry while the pressing need was still on delivering care and safeguarding people in the community, as well as not knowing if there would be a national investigation.

Mrs Hopfensperger added: “Our priority at the moment is supplying essential care. We need to continue as we are not out the other end yet.”

The UK now has 35,704 deaths from the virus.

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