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Wales Opting Out Of Flu Service


Wales will not be part of the National Pandemic Flu Service (NPFS) when it is launched in England next week, says Health Minister Edwina Hart. The NPFS will be made up of a dedicated website and a central call centre assessing people on symptoms of swine flu and authorises antiviral treatments.

Swine flu deaths doubled in England in the last week, and the service will relieve pressures on hospitals and GPs.

The minister said Wales is “well behind the curve compared to areas of England” for the number of swine flu cases. The Conservatives said there was already extra pressure on the Welsh NHS and that was only going to get worse.

Mrs Hart said in Wales existing primary care routes would continue to be used to manage treatment.


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