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NHS organisations have been told to assume there will be 'no long-term failures' of infrastructure services such as gas, water, electricity and telecommunications as a result of the millennium bug. But NHS Executive guidance says trust and health authority chief executives should still have contingency plans in place to cope with failures 'which may happen at any time'. It also says the Department of Trade and Industry is still drawing up a priority list for gas supplies, there is no scheme for NHS organisations to register as a priority for electricity supplies, NHS trusts will have to contact water companies to make sure they are seen as a priority and 'arrangements are being sought centrally' for fuel supplies.

The Year 2000 Problem. http://tap.ccta.gov.uk/doh/coin4.nsf