Health written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS staff who will not attend work due to fear of infection in an influenza pandemic, as referred to in paragraph 3.9 of his Department's document "Pandemic influenza: human resources guidance for the NHS", published on 21 November 2007.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The Department recognises that although some staff may be concerned, national health service staff have a very high level of commitment to caring for patients.

The Department therefore expects the number to be low and continues to work to ensure appropriate countermeasures and information are in place to protect staff during an influenza pandemic.

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