Edward Leigh, speaking as the PAC published a report on the Department of Health examining the NHS preparedness for such an attack, said the organisation was not well prepared to handle the emerging threats from nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological incidents.
He said the DoH did not have a full picture of the risks involved across the country, or the means of determining if each region had the necessary plans, training and equipment in place for dealing with such risks.
Leigh called for a more ‘rigorous national risk assessment’ to be developed in tandem with other organisations such as the fire service, the police service and local authorities.
He said: ‘I am pleased that there has been more progress in recent months but there is an urgent need for the Department of Health to ensure that each region has the necessary plans, training and equipment in place.’
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