The nature and scale of the response to an emergency
involving ionising radiation will vary according to the particular incident, ranging
from a release from a nuclear reactor to one involving a ruptured or misplaced medical
or industrial radioactive source.
Whatever the scenario, and whichever UK Government Department is the Lead Department,
the Scottish Executive Health Department retains its overall responsibility for
the management of NHSScotland, and for providing advice to other Departments, to
Ministers and, when necessary, directly to the public on the health implications
of any emergency.
Guidelines and information have been compiled on the medical management and response
to radiological exposures and incidents from HPS, NHSScotland, IAEA, CDC and the