UK scientific adviser criticises UK planning for flu pandemic

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 09 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2316
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    The government’s chief scientific adviser is not convinced that the United Kingdom has the right plans in place to cope with avian flu.

    John Beddington, who also chairs the Science Advisory Group in Emergencies, which reports directly to the ministerial committee that deals with the swine flu outbreak, chaired by the health secretary, Alan Johnson, said that he had doubts about how well prepared the government was to deal with an outbreak of H5N1 flu (avian flu).

    But the current swine flu (A/H1N1) outbreak was rightly taking precedence, he said, and plans to deal with that were appropriate for now.

    Professor Beddington was speaking before the House of …

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