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Preparation for the next major incident: are we ready?
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    How will your Junior Doctors react?

    Four years on from 7/7 I believe the issue of major incident awareness has still not been properly addressed. Wong in 2006 highlighted the inadequacy of Registrar awareness with their major incident contingency plan and their role. This year I set out to establish Junior Doctor’s (FY1 + FY2) awareness at Wrexham Maelor Hospital using a similar questionnaire.

    Greater than 90% of Junior Doctors did not know wh...

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    9/11 = MM/DD but 7/7 = DD/MM or MM/DD

    Dear Editor

    If there should be another major terrorist attack, we must think hard about any popular abbreviation that might be applied to it.

    If the 7th July attack in London had occurred on the following day would it have been called 8/7 or 7/8 which would have confused either our trans-atlantic neighbours or us.

    The potential confusion exists because the North Americans use the MM/DD/YYYY sy...

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    Major Incident Policy Awareness
    • Esmond RM Carr, ENT Surgery Specialist Registrar
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      • Paul Chatrath, Prem Palan
    Dear Editor,

    We agree with Turner et al (1) that more needs to be done to prepare doctors on how to respond to major incidents. We have published data from a study carried out before the July 7th bombings (2) on the knowledge of doctors on major incident policies. One of the main problems we identified which is not discussed in Turner et al’s paper is that major incident policies are large documents (approximately 100...

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