Councillor Liz Simpson
Councillor Liz Simpson

Northumberland County Council’s shadow cabinet member for adult social care Councillor Liz Simpson has praised the efforts of care staff during the pandemic.

She also commended the work and leadership of chief executive officer Daljit Lally who, for reasons not explained to the Labour Group, is on a period of extended leave from the council.

Liz Simpson said: “I want to pay tribute to the continuing efforts of care workers to look after the most vulnerable in our society.

“As we have seen in the media during the pandemic, the ring of protection promised for care homes did not happen and the work of care workers was not acknowledged or recognized.

“I believe the excellent care we saw and continue to see happened because of the dedication and determination of our care workers.

“But I also believe that under the leadership of Daljit Lally, Cath McEvoy-Carr, and deputy director for community health Stephen Holmes these services to our most vulnerable people were supported. Their dedication to the people of this county meant that care workers and their managers could call on the council for resources and support.

“From the start of the pandemic Daljit, Cath McEvoy-Carr and Stephen, along with their office colleagues, worked tirelessly to do their very best for the people in the county, despite being bombarded with a huge amount of demands from central government.

“Our care workers made and continue to make a difference to the residents in their care every day. I want to place my thanks on record for the incredible work they do.”

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