Have your say on covid-19 response

Norfolk County Council’s scrutiny committee is to discuss the authority’s response to the covid-19 pandemic – and see how it can respond to any future spikes – at its first virtual, online meeting.

The committee will receive presentations from director of public health Louise Smith and the county council’s head of paid service, Tom McCabe, and the public will also be able to submit questions.

Steve Morphew, chairman of the scrutiny committee, said: “We have seen enough loss, suffering and damage already and we’re not out of it yet.

“The good that has come from this crisis is the way we have looked out for each other. Now we need to work together quickly to look at where things were done well and could have been done better.

“The amazing work done by so many to protect us deserves all the praise we can give. Now we owe it to those heroes to make sure we learn the lessons, embed the good practice and great ideas, and also fill the gaps and speed up our capacity to respond to future emergencies.

“There is a real risk of more spikes so I want to prioritise those things that could make a difference, helping to prevent a second spike and reducing the impact if it comes.”

The meeting includes up to 15 minutes for questions from members of the public of which due notice has been given.

Emailed questions must be received by the committee team (committees@norfolk.gov.uk) by 5pm on Wednesday, May 20.

For guidance on submitting a public question, click here.

The committee’s reports and a link to access the meeting, which will be live from 10am on Wednesday, May 27, are available here.

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