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December 10, 2005

Report: “Decline of the National Disaster Medical System”

Filed under: Biosecurity,Congress and HLS — by Christian Beckner on December 10, 2005

The Democratic staff of the House Government Reform committee released a new report on 12/9 entitled “The Decline of the National Disaster Medical System” (NDMS). It looks at the evolution in NDMS capabilities in the last 3-4 years, argues that the transfer of NDMS from HHS to DHS undermined the system’s effectiveness, and makes the case that the result of degraded capabilities was a system unprepared to respond to Hurricane Katrina.

The full report is available here, along with a number of supporting documents that are also worth reading.

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