Posted by: c2win | July 26, 2009

Swine flu service was ‘too late’

Swine flu service was 'too late'

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A Parliamentary committee is expected to criticise the government for being slow to set up a swine flu helpline.

The service for England was launched on Thursday but a House of Lords report is to attack ministers for not following their own timetable for pandemics.

More than 5,500 people got anti-viral drugs on day one of the flu line, which the government said was “working well”.

Meanwhile the health secretary has said undue anxiety about the mostly mild virus could put strain on the NHS.

In a report due out on Tuesday, peers on the Science and Technology Committee are expected to say ministers failed to follow their own timetable for informing and advising the public in the event of a pandemic.


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