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The London bombings of 7 July 2005: what is the main lesson?
  1. G Hughes
  1. Correspondence to:
 G Hughes
 The Emergency Department, Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace, Adelaide 5000, Australia; cchdhb{at}

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The bombings in London last year cast their shadow over the whole country, with repercussions around the world. The true impact on victims and rescuers, as well as their loved ones and friends, will never be really known. The scars may fade but are unlikely to vanish.

At the time, the impression was that the response of all emergency services was wonderful; apart from anything else it showed to the world that Britain was well on the way to being ready to host the Olympic Games in 2012, following the announcement of the successful bid the previous day. The London Assembly, in a preliminary 151 page report released in June, begs to differ.1

The Assembly comprises 25 members, elected at the same time as the Mayor of London. Fourteen constituencies each have a member; a further 11 members are elected from party lists …

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