Ebola precautions

Some constituents have written to me and raised worries and questions about the UK response to ebola. I attended the Statement by Mr Hunt on Monday, when he dealt with the issues people have been asking about.

He confirmed that they are changing the procedures for handling a returning health worker who says at the airport on arrival in the UK they are concerned about their health, though they are not experiencing at that stage a high temperature.  A review is being conducted of all the procedures adopted to protect healthworkers in the field, to see if there is a weakness that needs eliminating. He is also inspecting the facilities and examining staffing levels for screening returners in the light of recent criticisms made.

The government in conjunction with Wellcome Trust is spending on ebola vaccination research and development. They are seeking to speed up this process given the urgency of the problem.