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RCGP urges UK GPs to apply the DoH’s National Flu Pandemic Framework

RCGP (The Royal College Of General Practitioners) : 22 November, 2007  (New Product)
The RCGP has responded positively to the Department of Health’s National Flu Pandemic Framework proposals and is recommending GPs to update their service continuity plans.
Dr Maureen Baker, RCGP Honorary Secretary and Chair of its Emergency Planning Group, advised: “The RCGP has urged GP practices to put measures in place for coping with a pandemic and earlier this year, in conjunction with the GPC, published a guidance document Infection control for General Practice.

“We welcome this new framework, in particular the agreement to stockpile antibiotics for treatment of secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia this is something the RCGP has lobbied hard for as we know that antibiotic treatment in such cases will save lives.

'We recognise that a lot of work has gone into the planning and arrangements for managing a flu pandemic, and the role of GPs and practice teams is now much clearer.

“It is apparent that GPs have a vital role to play in the event of a pandemic and local health authorities should be prepared to support practices in the best way they can.

“We would urge GP practices to consult this framework and revise their service continuity plans accordingly.”



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