1. The HPA can measure and even warn about radiation hazard or presently happening irradiation, from here-all UK- to Japan, in 30 minutes pronto, IF and WHEN HPA leaders really want. They have been refusing to achieve same levels proof/verification performance, because they don’t want to: ( I had contacted HPA-non-ionizing radiation Department –Chiltern. No help.)
2. here is what Justin McCracken of the HPA said in 2011 about HPA ability and capacity to deal with harmful irradiation:http://www.hpa.org.uk/EventsProfessionalTraining/HealthProtectionConferencesAndEvents/2110913CEOwelcomeaddress/
Welcome address: Justin McCracken, Chief Executive, Health Protection Agency
13 September 2011
For example, HPA's research activity, over the last year whether it's measured by winning of new grant awards or publications in peer reviewed journals, has been the highest recorded. The total value of new grants awarded in 2010-2011 was £10.1 million, and the total number of publications in peer reviewed scientific journals for the same period was 702.
4. Following a request from the Government Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, SAGE, HPA worked with the Met Office, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and RIMNET (which is the national radiation monitoring network and nuclear emergency response system) to develop a system for delivering 24/7 real-time dose and risk estimates in the event of an such acute large release.
5. The request was made one evening and by lunchtime the next day, the proposals put forward by HPA and partners on providing the assessments were agreed by CSA, Sir John Beddington and the capability to provide these assessments was in place within the next two days.
6. This streamlined process ensured public health advice could be provided to the British Embassy in Japan within 30 minutes of a request being received.
7. HPA's expertise in emergency response is increasingly being recognised nationally and internationally. The keys to our success are in our preparation, our expertise, our excellent organisation - and of course the dedication of our staff. We will need all of these to manage the health issues around the Olympic Games centred in London next year.
8. Real Time Syndromic Surveillance
10. One example of this is our Real Time Syndromic Surveillance - already an area of real strength for the HPA. Our Team based in Birmingham has developed, with tremendous support from the College of Emergency Medicine, a functioning real time surveillance system based on attendances at Emergency Departments and it will provide a key part of our daily intelligence for the 2012 Olympics.
11. In connection with our work on the Olympics, I am delighted to announce that WHO has just designated HPS London at Victoria as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Mass Gatherings and Extreme Events. This reflects the high level of support that HPA has given to the WHO and other international partners in recent times, and the esteem in which our expertise is held internationally. Incidentally, this raises to 9 the number of WHO Collaborating centres in HPA.
12. I mentioned at the start of my talk the importance of extending the evidence base for public health. Well, it's also important to put evidence to good use to help protect health.
13. Surveillance of course provides much essential evidence to support public health action. Here too, we continue with important developments. For example, In HCAI surveillance.
14. But, as I have said already said to many of you, the reason that the Department of Health listens to and acts on our advice is because they know we represent an organisation that delivers - one that can be relied on day in day out, and above all one that will not let them or the country down in any emergency. It is critical that we maintain this performance into the future..........