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Influenza Pandemic

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2006, Official Report, column 664W, on influenza pandemic, what plans she has for the central procurement of a stockpile of face masks for use in the event of an influenza pandemic. (90331)

As stated on 20 July, we have recommended the use of face masks for health care professionals who would be working closely with infected patients. We are currently considering whether we should centrally procure and stockpile face masks and a decision will be reached as soon as possible.