Main Changes from previous plans outlined in Draft Document, Exotic Animal Disease Contingency Plan for England, 2005
The main changes to the Animal Disease Contingency Plan from the Foot and Mouth Disease and Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease Plans laid before Parliament in 2004 are set out below. There are no changes to the policies that would be followed.
- The production of a single generic plan incorporating disease specific annexes relating to the management of outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease, and Classical Swine Fever.
- The incorporation of an annex dealing with Classical Swine Fever, the management of which has not been previously the subject of public consultation.
- Identification of objectives for disease control.
- A clearer, better integrated role for science and modelling.
- A clearer role for the Civil Contingencies Committee (CCC).
- Enhanced strategic role for the Animal Disease Policy Group
- Improved communication between the Strategic and Tactical levels
- A broader, more inclusive role for the National Disease Control Centre.
- Establishment of a new Joint Coordination Centre.
- Changes to the single line command and control structure reflecting the establishment of the SVS as an Agency of Defra
- Improvements to the battle rhythm for the strategic elements of the plan.
- The Avian Influenza Plan has been amended to reflect the risk to human health from exposure to infected poultry.