GLOUCESTERSHIRE DESERVES A LOCAL INQUIRY INTO HANDLING OF COVID-19


Councillor Colin Hay is calling for a local inquiry into the County Council’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen more than 1,000 residents lose their lives, including over 400 in our county’s care homes.

At next week’s Full Council meeting, Councillor Colin Hay (All Saints and Oakley) is bringing a motion calling for the County Council to commit to holding a local inquiry into how this administration handled the Covid-19 pandemic.  This would include the impact on the council’s wider business, why such a high proportion of deaths occurred in our county’s care homes, and what it would do differently if faced with a similar outbreak in the future. 

A particular area of concern for Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats is the tragic loss of life in Gloucestershire’s care homes.  Despite only having approximately 5,000 beds, nearly 400 of the 1,000 deaths in Gloucestershire happened in our county’s care homes.  Compared to 600 deaths across the whole of Gloucestershire’s population of 630,000.  This all happened, despite the Government’s claim to have thrown a “protective ring” around our care homes.

Commenting on the motion, Cllr Hay said:

“It is critical that this administration commits to a local inquiry into its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“We all know that things moved incredibly fast in the early days of the first lockdown and it is possible that, with the gift of foresight, the Council would have acted differently to better protect our vulnerable residents. 

“In order to best serve our residents in the future, we must learn the lessons from this pandemic at the earliest opportunity, and we must be open and transparent about where this council may have gone wrong.”


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