Olympics’ public health surveillance scheme will be retained after games, agency says

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 23 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3620
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The health surveillance scheme to be used for the Olympic Games will remain after the event finishes, it has been announced.

Brian McCloskey, the London regional director of the Health Protection Agency, told a recent meeting at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine that the public health surveillance system, which has previously been used on a one-off basis for such events as the G20 summit in 2009, the Ryder Cup in Wales, and the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, will for the first time remain in place after the crowds disperse.

Twenty five hospital emergency departments and a sentinel group of GP out of hours and walk-in centres around the country will monitor and record any …

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