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Protective Equipment

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts have not carried out exercises with chemical, biological and radiological protective equipment in the last (a) six months and (b) three years. [104160]

All ambulance and acute trusts are required to test all their own contingency plans, including chemical, biological radiological and nuclear, on a regular basis and take part in multi-agency exercises.Each strategic health authority has been asked to review the plans and arrangements in every one for their trusts to confirm that they are satisfactory. This review and assessment of readiness to respond to incidents from any cause will be completed by mid-March.