HC Deb 10 July 2003 vol 408 c1001W
Dr. Murrison

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts have not conducted a practical exercise to test their major incident plan. [121345]

Mr. Hutton

Every national health service trust is required to test its contingency plans and satisfy its health authority (HA) that they are effective. Earlier this year all HAs reported that they were satisfied with the plans of NHS trusts. The health emergency planning advisers of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) facilitate exercises for the NHS. Details of these exercises are being collated by the HPA. Summaries of the outcomes of the exercises will be disseminated across the NHS to share good practice.