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GPs in Scotland are demanding compensation for lost pay after the number of patients vaccinated against flu in the first month of the campaign fell by a third.

Uptake among the elderly was only 35.1 per cent for October, compared with 52.5 per cent at the same stage last year, as the disastrous effects of vaccine shortages kicked in. Yet in the 41 per cent of practices unaffected by the withdrawal of supplies from Chiron, uptake was up on last year.

Dr Barbara West, medical secretary of Glasgow LMC, said: 'A lot of clinics had to be cancelled and it's been very difficult. There should be a mechanism for compensation.'

·Confusion mars uptake in under-65s, page 2

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