Armed Forces: Influenza

Defence written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total medical stock requirement is of the armed forces in the event of an influenza pandemic, broken down by type of medical stock; whether all such estimated medical stock requirements are now held in medical units, as stated in paragraph 16 of the Health Protection Agency and Defence Medical Service's Pandemic Influenza: Infection Control guidance for military settings—guidance for military healthcare staff and their commanders, published October 2006; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

The circumstances of a pandemic, coupled with MOD operations, will dictate the actual medical requirements. However, the following table illustrates the quantities of infection control consumables that have been distributed to MOD Medical Centres, based on each Centre's assessment of its individual requirement in accordance with the Health Protection Agency/Defence Medical Service's guidance. Items will be used, and stocks replenished, as required during day-to-day business.

Category Number (total)
Aprons 160,700
Respirator and Masks 278,000
Medical Disposal 1,200
Cannula 12,800
Catheter 1,400
Gloves 152,100
Needles 19,000
Syringes 6,900
Hand Hygiene 13,500
Bed Linen 300

Items have been summarised under MOD's main stock categories, and the numbers rounded to the nearest 100.

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