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Out of hours services would need to expand in more severe flu pandemic

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 22 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1617
  1. Tom Nolan
  1. 1London

    A lack of capacity in out of hours services means that GPs in England would struggle to cope if a more severe wave of pandemic flu were to occur, speakers said at a pandemic summit at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London on 18 March.

    The number of patients contacting out of hours services in Tower Hamlets in London in July 2009 at the height of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic was more than double the number in the previous year. On one day 200 people were waiting to be called back by an out of hours GP.

    Meanwhile in Liverpool …

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