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International Situation (Contingency Planning)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:33 pm on 19th March 2003.

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Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party 2:33 pm, 19th March 2003

Is the First Minister aware of the effect that staff shortages could have on the NHS? Does he agree that the call-up of staff to service the armed forces, coupled with the increase in demand due to potential casualties, can only make matters more difficult? He said:

"We have robust and flexible plans in place ... to deal with any increased demand. We have also made plans to cope with the call-up of NHS staff."

Will he tell the chamber what those plans are?