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LMC leader urges London practices not to sign up to isolated swine flu vaccination deals

By Ian Quinn

GPs have been warned not to sign up to isolated local enhanced services to deliver the swine flu vaccine to the under fives.

Dr Michelle Drage, joint chief executive of Londonwide LMCs, said some trusts had already begun approaching GPs to sign them up to deliver the vaccine to under fives, after talks to secure a nationwide deal between the GPC and the Department of Health collapsed.

Londonwide LMCs is urging GPs to hold back so that it can oversee a deal which covers the whole of the capital.

‘I'm aware that some PCTs may have already made approaches to practices,' she said in a letter to GPs. ‘I would be grateful if practices would resist the temptation to respond either one way or the other, until advised further from ourselves at Londonwide LMCs.'

Dr Drage said as well as preventing the ‘serious consequences' threatened to under-fives by the illness, it was essential GPs were able to get a ‘reasonable deal to cover practice costs.'

She said it was a priority for GPs to ‘seek to agree a whole of London solution so that everyone knows what they are providing and receiving.'

Dr Michelle Drage: GPs should not sign isolated deals Dr Michelle Drage: GPs should not sign isolated deals

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