Facing the Challenge: NHS Emergency Planning in England – NAO Full Report

Summary

The purpose of this NAO Full Report was to assess the adequacy of major incident planning by the NHS, identify areas of good practice and assess the potential for this to be spread more widely. The report was not intended to address wider issues of emergency planning outside the NHS or the likelihood of any particular disaster occurring. The NAO found that, in the best cases, there had been a thorough review of hazards and a proper assessment of the required response. There had also been substantial improvements since September 11. However, momentum needed to be maintained to deal with remaining weaknesses in the following areas: planning for incidents, testing the plans, training relevant personnel, the provision of protective equipment and decontamination facilities and dealing with hazardous substances. There were also geographical variations in the adequacy of planning arrangements.

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