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Wherever possible, the information systems used in a pandemic will be based on existing surveillance arrangements for seasonal influenza. Following United Endeavour II, technical work has been undertaken to facilitate daily provision, in a pandemic, of data relating to general practitioner flu consultations and syndromic surveillance from NHS Direct. Work has also been undertaken to confirm the arrangements for co-ordination with equivalent information systems in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and to ensure that the National Pandemic Flu Line Service will be able to provide necessary additional surveillance information.
As stated in my previous answer, in accordance with Defence Medical Services guidance, 10 antiviral courses have been pre-positioned in medical facilities overseas; five courses in the role 2 (enhanced) field hospital unit at Basra in Iraq and five at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
A further 18,000 antiviral courses for use in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza have been distributed to overseas locations where MOD personnel and their dependents are based. To protect the integrity of the stocks in the event of a pandemic, locations and quantities are not placed in the public domain. The quantities have been calculated in accordance with Department of Health guidance; stockholdings are kept under regular review, and there has been no need to change them since June 2008.
The generic MOD Pandemic Influenza Framework brings together activities which for the most part will be undertaken by Defence business units and operational commands so that they can put in place the necessary response arrangements before a pandemic emerges. The guidance notes support the key tasks identified in the framework and are in the form of one-page summaries.
All the guidance notes, including the note “Recovery of operational capability in the aftermath of a pandemic”, have now been completed, although as the framework is a live document, they will be subject to regular review and amendment. I will place a copy of the latest version of the MOD Pandemic Influenza Framework containing the key tasks and guidance notes (dated October 2008) in the Library of the House.