Trusts forced to cut services because of costs of swine flu

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 07 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2485
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Some primary care trusts have had to cut spending on their regular services because of the costs of the recent A/H1N1 flu pandemic, it has been shown. A Freedom of Information Act request by GP newspaper showed that the cost of dealing with the pandemic forced one in six trusts to cut other services.

    On average, each trust spent around £340 000 (€391 400; $520 400)to respond to the cost of the pandemic and some trusts did that by using contingency funds or reducing services.

    The level of cost for providing equipment, staff, and communications during the pandemic varied substantially across trusts, the investigation showed, ranging from £11 100 to £1.7m.

    The …

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