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GP defends flu vaccine uptake rate

A GP has hit back against criticisms of poor flu vaccine uptake in his PCT.

Simon Hughes, LibDem candidate for London mayor, singled out Lambeth as one of the 'five PCTs with the lowest uptake in England'.

Dr Paul Heenan, a GP in Clapham, south London, said: 'I wouldn't pay any attention to what LibDems say – it's easy to make political capital out of Government targets.'

Dr Heenan said his practice had achieved the 70 per cent uptake target by a huge effort and by launching its strategy in August last year.

But he said there was a historic problem with influenza vaccine uptake in Lambeth: 'A number of people aren't registered and there is a lack of resources and staff.'

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