Swine flu calls to GPs up 50%

The number of swine flu calls to GPs has risen by almost 50% in the last week to 40,000 a week, the RCGP has said.

More than 73 people per 100,000 have reported that they were suffering from flu-like illness from 6-12 July, with the highest rate of flu among those aged five to 14.

The total rise in swine flu cases is up by 46% on the week before.

The latest figures come as the RCGP highlights a number of concerns about the government's handling of the pandemic.

The College has submitted a report in evidence to a Lords committee stating that GPs have received a lack of information about swine flu and conflicting advice on accessing Tamiflu.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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