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UK government response to Hilary Pickles

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:784
  1. David Salisbury, director of immunisation (
  1. Department of Health, London SW1

    After national and international consultation, the Department of Health relaunched its pandemic plan in late 2005. It provided additional information, particularly on the expected burdens on the NHS, and outlined the actions the government and authorities are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom is as prepared as possible.1 Its key objectives are to maintain a strong surveillance and alert system, reduce illness and deaths, develop preparedness in the NHS, ensure the continuation of essential services, and ensure the availability of comprehensive information.

    Cross government work

    Managing the impact of an influenza pandemic will require a coordinated response across government. The Department of Health is …

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