A ROW over emergency planning erupted at a meeting of health practitioners in Huddersfield.
Doctors clashed over the need to train health staff in Huddersfield.
Some said training was essential for only a handful, but others argued that every person working in the NHS should receive some help.
One representative said it was very difficult to train all staff in how to deal with every type of emergency.
Public health director Dr Sohail Bhatti told the board of the GP-led South Huddersfield Primary Care Trust that training needs had been identified during an event staged to cover plans for an emergency.
The scenario featured the outbreak of a killer virus.
"The process is never perfect, never completely clear," he said. "But we have captured as many of the issues as we can."
Mrs Lizzie Large, a member of the professional executive committee, asked whether training included GP practice staff.
Dr Bhatti said training was being done in stages, but practice staff would be involved.
Mrs Large said they should be trained to deal with emergencies.
Holmfirth GP Dr Yusuf Shamsee said: "If we have an outbreak of viral infection - such as Sars - the staff who really need to know are primary care staff, as we come into contact with patients."
"Unless there are established procedures in place we may be taken by surprise."
Mrs Helena Corder, director of patient experience said: "We are looking at emergency planning in its widest sense and seeing what our responses are.
"If there was a flu outbreak, someone would know it was going on and would set up an incident room and co-ordinate with GPs."
She said it was very difficult to train all staff in how to deal with almost every type of emergency.
But Dr Shamsee said: "We need some level of basic training in who to contact, or where to go, or do we shut the surgery if there's a Sars outbreak?"