London's Preparedness for an Ebola outbreak (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3416
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Health Protection Agency's 'London infectious disease outbreak management plan' 2012 and the GLA's 'London Resilience Human Infectious Diseases Response Framework' 2011 are both now out of date. What steps is the Mayor taking in the light of developments in West Africa to protect London? 

Answer

Answer for London's Preparedness for an Ebola outbreak (2)

Answer for London's Preparedness for an Ebola outbreak (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Public Health England has new national Communicable Disease Outbreak Management guidance published in August 2014:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/343723/12_8_2014_CD_Outbreak_Guidance_REandCT_2__2_.pdf

This establishes effective outbreak control arrangements for any infectious disease threats across the country, including for Ebola. Please see MQ 3415 for further information on the current risk from Ebola.

My officers, via The London Strategic Coordination Protocol, provide the arrangements for sharing information and coordinating the actions of the London Resilience Partnership in any incident.  This includes the outbreak of an infectious disease. Public Health England and the NHS have used this mechanism to ensure that partners are aware of the current situation regarding Ebola.

The Royal Free Hospital has the capacity routinely to manage two Ebola patients. There are arrangements to increase this capacity quickly if necessary.