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NHS recruitment review

4th July 2007

In the aftermath of the attempted bombings in Glasgow and London, Gordon Brown has said there will be a direct review of NHS recruitment.


Newly appointed terrorism minister Sir Alan West will perform the health service review.

Eight suspects were arrested - all of whom have links with the NHS. Seven of the suspects are understood to be doctors or medical students, and one was previously employed as a laboratory technician. Six are undergoing questioning at Paddington Green police station.

The prime minister told the Commons that it was imperative that the "message is sent out to the rest of the world that we will stand strong, steadfast and united in the face of terror".

The BBC reported that Mr Brown said a list of suspects "would be expanded to warn authorities across the world, and the admissibility of intercept evidence in court would be reviewed."

NHS Employers said that the health service ran checks on potential employees' "ability" rather than "their political or extremist affiliations."

Agreements will be made in order that countries can synchronize their response to attacks.

Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, the new shadow security minister, expressed her surprise at the suspects' link to the health service. She warned against making judgements about the kind of people who "might become terrorists."

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Article Information

Title: NHS recruitment review
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3358
Date Added: 4th Jul 2007


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