30 November 2001

Poor response to F&M

Suffolk County Council is being asked to change its emergency response procedures in the aftermath of its handling of the foot-and-mouth crisis.

A report drawn up by council officials says important lessons have to be learned and that a number of oversights have to be corrected.

It suggests there was a failure to involve some council departments and that there was a need for more staff training on emergency procedures.

However, Suffolk NFU chairman Alastair McCormack said he believed the councils response to the crisis had generally been good. &#42