Joint Committee on Draft Civil Contingencies Bill Written Evidence

Letter from Ceredigion Local Health Board

  I respond on behalf of our Chief Executive and the Ceredigion Local Health Board.

  We were most surprised to read that the NHS was not included as a "Category 1 Responder" and it is our view that this is essential.

  All levels of the NHS, Trusts, LHB, NPHS work with the Local Authorities and Emergency Services in Wales and are currently involved and engaged together in the emergency planning process and would expect to be involved as a "Category 1 Responder" to assist the contingency planning process. It is difficult to see how issues of availability, capacity etc of the NHS facilities could be addressed by anyone else.

Dr Stephen Griffiths

Medical Director

11 August 2003

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