Wide variation in number of swine flu antiviral collection points

There is a widespread variation in the number of antiviral collection points across England, according to figures obtained by the Conservatives.

Tamiflu influenza drug capsules (Photograph: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY)
Tamiflu influenza drug capsules (Photograph: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY)

They show that eight PCTs have no collection points, 47 PCTs have only one while in 10 PCTs there are more than 30.

There is no clear link between the number of cases of swine flu in an area and the number of collection points, say the Tories. In London, which is a hotspot, 10 PCTs have just one collection point.

Shadow Conservative health minister Stephen O'Brien said: ‘It is understandable that the number of collection points in each PCT will vary according to how rural an area is and how many cases of swine flu there are locally.

‘However, the number of collection points available in many areas still seems surprisingly low.'


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