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Irish GPs get five times UK rate for swine flu vaccination

By Ian Quinn

GPs in the Republic of Ireland are being paid almost five times as much to administer seasonal flu vaccine as those in the UK, it has emerged.

The Republic's minister for health, Mary Harney, drew attention to the price differential at a conference in Dublin, pointing out GPs south of the border get paid €38.95 to administer the seasonal flu vaccine to patients.

Her remarks, reported in the Irish Times, have been interpreted as a shot across the bows to Irish GPs still negotiating over the pay they will get from the swine flu virus vaccination programme, with the Repubic among those European countries worst hit by the downturn.

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