Influenza Pandemic

Health written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2006, Official Report, column 664W, on influenza pandemic, what plans she has for the central procurement of a stockpile of face masks for use in the event of an influenza pandemic.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

As stated on 20 July, we have recommended the use of face masks for health care professionals who would be working closely with infected patients. We are currently considering whether we should centrally procure and stockpile face masks and a decision will be reached as soon as possible.

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