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NRPB (National Radiological Protection Board) reservations over UK health protection plans:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The UK's National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) has expressed strong reservations against UK plans to create a single Health Protection Agency. The government believes that a single agency would provide more effective support for health protection and health emergency planning. However, in response to a DoH consultation document published last month, the NRPB has issued four conditions for its support of the reform. These are that the NRPB remains as a discrete entity within the agency, in order to maintain the board's national policy and operational cohesion; that the reform safeguards its independence and influence in international regulatory policy; that the new agency not be established as a Special Health Authority incorporating the NRPB; and that the UK functions of the Board be retained in the Radiological Protection Act 1970.

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