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GPs have described the DoH's cascade system for dispersing information during the ricin alert as 'inadequate'.
West Midlands GP Dr Richard Johnson said he had heard on the radio that GPs had been advised on the symptoms of ricin poisoning during his afternoon home visits.
But his Halesowen practice did not receive a cascade fax about it until 8.10pm, followed by an e-mail the next morning.
'National security was potentially at risk and the government blew it.
The police knew what they were dealing with. The government must have known for two or three days,' he said.
By the time he received the fax, Dr Johnson had already …