Chapter 3: Structures for Control and Co-ordination
3.1 Following confirmation of an outbreak in Scotland, the ‘ Scottish Government Exotic Diseases of Animals Contingency Framework Plan’  will be implemented. The plan is complemented by similar plans in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is primarily focussed on dealing with exotic notifiable animal diseases that affect livestock. The generic plan should be referred to for an understanding of control and coordination structures.
3.2 The structures and principles which underlie the response to an outbreak of rabies are broadly the same but there are important differences which arise as a result of the differing operational response (choice of measures applied, potential for urban setting and/or wildlife control, increased role of Local Authority) and the public health implications of the disease. Rather than be prescriptive with regard to these changes the overarching principle is one of flexibility, both with control strategy and delivery structure. As examples, at a strategic level both the Disease Strategy Group and the Scottish Stakeholder Group would have expanded memberships as a result of nature of the disease response.
3.3 At an operational level, APHA would continue to lead on the disease response but within that role there would be a need for flexibility of structure and responsibility as a result of the control methods adopted, and the need to engage with a broader range of operational partners. Chapter 4 provides more detail of these potential roles and responsibilities.
3.4 The diagram at Appendix 2 is extracted from the ‘Scottish Government Exotic Diseases of Animals Contingency Framework Plan’ and demonstrates the key Scottish structures.
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