Letter from West Yorkshire Strategic Health
Thank you for your letter to Strategic Health
Authority chief executives of 23 July. Richard Jeavons has asked
me to respond on his behalf.
A number of meetings are planned in West Yorkshire
over the next couple of weeks to consider the draft Bill, and
I hope you will accept a more considered response once these discussions
have taken place.
However, my initial reaction is one of some
concern at the proposal that the NHS will not be included as a
Category 1 or Category 2 Responder. I think it important that
the Bill should consider the various roles of the different categories
of NHS organisation, including ambulance trusts, acute and mental
health trusts, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities.
I would argue that primary care trusts and ambulance
trusts should be included in Category 1, and SHAs in Category
2. Acute trusts could clearly have a responsibility under Category
1, and mental health trusts may need to be considered Category
1 due to classification of inpatients but routinely should be
Also, the Regional Director of Public Health
role as the Chief Medical Officer to the Region is not considered
in the draft Bill, although this is an important role in the NHS
response to major incidents.
I hope you will find these initial views helpful,
and will accept a more considered response in a few days time.
Emergency Planning Lead
1 September 2003