Press release

PM chaired COBR meeting on Ebola: 30 December 2014

The Prime Minister chaired a COBR meeting to discuss Ebola afternoon 30 December 2014

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A Downing Street spokesman said:

The Prime Minister chaired a COBR meeting on Ebola this afternoon with ministers and officials from across government and the First Minister of Scotland who joined the meeting via video conference.

He was reassured that the robust and well-practised procedures that had been put in place were being followed and that the risk to the general public remained very low.

He thanked the Ministry of Defence and all those involved for their work in transporting the patient to the Royal Free Hospital this morning.

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to all those working to save lives in Sierra Leone and the important job they are doing. His thoughts are with the patient and her family and friends at this time.

Attendees at this meeting included:

  • The Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt

  • Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening

  • Defence Minister Anna Soubry

  • Home Office Minister Mike Penning

  • Transport Minister Baroness Kramer

  • Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer

  • Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s Medical Director

  • Paul Cosford, Director for Health Protection at Public Health England.

What is COBR?

The aim of COBR is to provide effective decision-making and rapid coordination of the central government response to incidents, drawing on the resources of other government departments, including the security and intelligence agencies, the police and other relevant organisations.

Published 30 December 2014