GPs need to prepare to collaborate in case of a flu epidemic

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 08 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b69
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    GPs should prepare now for how they would manage working with neighbouring practices in the event of a flu pandemic, in which the average surgery would see about 190 extra patients with the illness each week, a new report says.

    The joint guidance from the Royal College of General Practitioners and the BMA says that new ways of working for GPs would be introduced in a pandemic for which surgeries need to prepare now.

    The report on what to do now and what to do when a pandemic strikes warns that pandemic flu would put the NHS under “unprecedented pressure.”

    Three pandemics have …

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