Flu plans are 'woeful' say doctors

DoH plans to tackle a potential outbreak of pandemic influenza are weak and could put the public at risk, doctors believe.

Flu plans are 'woeful' say doctors
Flu plans are 'woeful' say doctors

Clinicians at the British Medical Association's (BMA) 2007 annual representatives meeting backed a motion calling the plans 'woefully inadequate and dangerous'.

The motion said the NHS's ability to put adequate plans in place was limited because the DoH cut funding for the Health Protection Agency.

It demanded a 'realistic, intelligent and appropriately resourced plan' to tackle a national emergency.

South Birmingham PCT director of public health Dr Chris Spencer Jones said: 'There is no clear guidance about what is going to happen. The DoH needs to focus on organising primary care to deal with a potential outbreak.'

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said the plans were not as bad as the motion claimed. But he urged ministers to make decisions that would allow plans to be improved.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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