What Do You Call it When a Four-Week Civil Contingency Exercise, to Prepare for a Flu Pandemic, Has to Be Cancelled Due to the Outbreak of a Flu Pandemic? A “Sheer Coincidence”
April 27th, 2009
This was in the Scotsman last week: Rehearsal of Flu Pandemic Set to Begin:
A FOUR-WEEK exercise to prepare Scotland for a flu pandemic is to start next week, it was announced yesterday.
The Scottish Government will be running the emergency exercise, called Cauld Craw, involving health boards, the ambulance services and other organisations who will be key to managing a severe outbreak of flu.
For several years experts have warned it is only a matter of time before a flu pandemic arrives.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “Although there has been no change to the level of risk of a flu pandemic, an outbreak has been identified as one of the main risks Scotland could face.
Exercise Cauld Craw will test how ready we are and help us strengthen our plans for the future.”
Via: Times Online:
Ms Sturgeon also disclosed today that Cauld Craw – a four-week civil contingency exercise involving hospitals, ambulance services and other agencies to prepare the country for an eventual flu pandemic had been delayed because of the swine flu outbreak.
She told the Good Morning Scotland programme that Cauld Craw – Scots for Cold Throat – had been due “by sheer coincidence” to start this morning. “Obviously that has now been suspended,” she said.