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NHS ill-prepared for major incident

17th August 2006

28032006_ambulance.jpgA survey of doctors concludes that major hospitals around the UK are ill-prepared to cope with a major incident.

A team from Wycombe Hospital, Bucks, asked 144 specialist doctors at 34 hospitals about their preparedness in the light of the London bombs. Only 54% were clear what their own role would be and just over half had read their hospital major incident plan, reports the Emergency Medicine Journal 

Wide variation was reported in the frequency and timeliness of "dry runs" of plans to cope with major incidents; 82% had carried out a dry run within the past five years but only 35% were planning to carry out a further test within the next 12 months. One in four of the hospitals said incident planning teaching was not included in induction sessions for junior and middle grade doctors.

Health Minister, Rosie Winterton said that "A huge amount of work has been done to make sure the NHS is ready to respond to major incidents." She added that each trust had to have a major incident plan which should be tested at least once a year. The Department of Health has said that action had been taken to improve NHS planning.

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Article Information

Title: NHS ill-prepared for major incident
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 673
Date Added: 17th Aug 2006

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