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Two thirds of doctors in UK say the NHS could not cope with bird flu epidemic

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7570.674-a (Published 28 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:674
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    More than a third of doctors (38%) in United Kingdom believe that the government is not ready for a pandemic of avian influenza, a new survey has found, and more than two thirds (68%) fear that the NHS could not cope with an outbreak on the same scale as the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak.

    The survey—which was conducted by the newspaper Hospital Doctor and Medix, an information website for doctors—of over 1000 GPs and hospital doctors also showed that just over a fifth (22%) feel that they are personally prepared for a pandemic, while 37% said they are badly or very badly prepared.

    More than half (56%) had not received any information from …

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