GPs divided on UK-wide flu hotline

GPs in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are divided on whether a swine flu hotline should be rolled out across the UK.

Responding to a survey of 251 GPs by GP newspaper, almost two-fifths of GPs in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales said they were unsure as to whether a hotline similar to that currently in use in England should be set up locally (39%).

A total of 44% answered 'yes' to the question: 'If you are based in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, do you believe a similar hotline should be set up for your patients in your part of the UK?' (17% answered 'no').

Over 53% of GPs in England said their practice had seen a drop in swine-flu related work load since the national pandemic flu service has been introduced.

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