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NHS is warned to be on high alert for flu this winter

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4284 (Published 13 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4284
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The head of NHS England has warned hospitals and GP surgeries to be prepared for a big increase in cases of flu this winter after a heavy season in the southern hemisphere.

Speaking at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester on Tuesday 12 September, NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, said that the NHS should be on high alert and should ensure that all measures are taken to prepare for the winter ahead. “For the next three, four, five months the top priority for every leader, every part of the NHS, is ensuring that the NHS goes into winter in a …

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