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Exercise Cygnus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 37420, tabled on 20 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish (a) the findings of Exercise Cygnus 2016 and (b) information on which recommendations have been implemented.

Answered on

12 May 2020

The Department does not routinely publish reports on exercises. This is to allow Ministers, officials and emergency planners to develop policies and plans while ensuring that the full, candid and proper deliberation of lessons identified is not influenced or impacted by the possibility of public exposure.

Working across Government and with stakeholders, the lessons from Exercise Cygnus have informed our preparedness, such as development of draft legislation support to the response to a future influenza pandemic, and strengthening health sector plans to to surge and flex beyond normal operations. Learning the lessons from preparedness exercises, as well as other sources of expertise has ensured that the United Kingdom remains well prepared for infectious disease outbreaks.

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Department of Health and Social Care