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GPC plans to ease pain on flu vaccines

The GPC plans a system to divert flu vaccine from practices with excess supplies after revealing many GPs faced dire shortages.

Speaking at a press conference last week, GPC chair Dr Hamish Meldrum warned the problem was 'worse than we were led to believe'.

As Pulse went to press, the Department of Health was preparing the latest in a series of announcements over this year's flu campaign, as it looks to minimise the damage caused by the shortages.

Dr Meldrum said several GPC members had raised the issue. 'We're looking to identify areas and arrange movement of vaccines to address the problem.'

GPC members called for a national system to ensure fair distribution of vaccine.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Harrow LMC vice-chair, who is not expecting deliveries until the end of November, described the situation as 'grossly unfair'. 'The Government needs to be actively involved and put pressure on flu vaccine suppliers to ensure a fair distribution of vaccine.'

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