Video: 30% fall in swine flu consultations

Swine flu consultations fell by over 30% last week, suggesting the first wave of the pandemic is now over, government figures show.

Cases are still expected to rise in the winter, England's chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, explained in a video interview for Healthcare Republic.

Latest figures from the DoH show that GP consultations for influenza-like illness now stand at 21.1 per 100,000, compared with 30.9 per 100,000 last week. This means rates are now below seasonal flu baseline activity levels in winter.

At a media briefing, Ian Dalton, England's director for flu resilience, said that no agreement had yet been reached regarding payment for a vaccination campaign, but that discussions were ongoing between the BMA and the DoH.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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