LMCs attack government's swine flu programme

Inadequate government funding for the swine flu vaccination programme and a lack of national agreement on vaccinating children has been attacked by the LMCs conference.

The government's swine flu programme was criticised for lack of funding
The government's swine flu programme was criticised for lack of funding

The conference in London on Thursday unanimously supported a motion asking the GPC to negotiate appropriate support for future national emergencies. It also supported parts criticising inadequate funding of the vaccination programme and urging UK governments to recognise that adequate resourcing of practices is essential.

The need for individuals primary care organisations to impose solutions without national agreement having been reached with profession was also attacked. Christopher Browning, vice chairman of Suffolk LMC, said that the problem was a national one and that a national solution was therefore needed.

But the conference rejected a call to criticise the delegation of diagnosis and treatment to nonmedical staff, suggesting this had led to substantial overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

Dr Peter Holden, GPC negotiator and BMA pandemic flu lead, said that this criticism was ‘mean spirited'.  GPC member Dr Fay Wilson said that non-clinical staff had protected practices from potentially being swamped by swine flu patients seeking treatments.

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