GPs in Wales do not need swine flu hotline

GPs in Wales are coping well with the swine flu outbreak and do not need the NHS in Wales to sign up to the swine flu hotline, according to the chairman of GPC Wales.

The flu phone line is already up and running in England but is now being scaled down as the first wave of the flu pandemic comes to an end.

Dr David Bailey said: ‘BMA Wales completely supports Wales' Chief Medical Officer and the Welsh Assembly government in their decision to opt out of the national pandemic flu service.

‘I strongly believe that patients want diagnoses of whatever their illness may be, made by clinicians, not call centres.

‘GPs in Wales are adequately equipped to manage swine flu.'

Dr Bailey added that GPs had been working harder in the previous weeks and proved that they can step up to the mark when necessary to deliver extremely good levels of patient care.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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