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Peter Bennett, Kenneth Calman, Sarah Curtis, and Denis Fischbacher-Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562848.001.0001

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Radiation in London: Managing Risk Communication in the Litvinenko Affair

Radiation in London: Managing Risk Communication in the Litvinenko Affair

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(p.115) Chapter 8 Radiation in London: Managing Risk Communication in the Litvinenko Affair
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Risk Communication and Public Health
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Pat Troop

Anton Dittner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562848.003.08

This chapter discusses risk communication during the incident involving Alexander Litvinenko, who died on 23 November 2006 from a massive dose of Polonium-210 (Po-210). The primary responsibility for managing and communicating the public health risk fell to the Health Protection Agency (HPA). The Agency had been established in 2003 to bring together a range of skills and knowledge in infectious diseases, chemical and radiation hazards, and emergency response, and included specialist centres and a national network of frontline staff. The HPA had emergency plans in place, but not surprisingly did not have a ‘polonium plan’, and fell back onto basic principles in its response.

Keywords:   risk communication, risk management, public health, Alexander Litvinenko, Health Protection Agency, radiation

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