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One bottle of Tamiflu for the county's kids

I was duty doctor at our practice in Newmarket last Wednesday when the local health protection unit told me two of our patients had been in contact with a confirmed case of swine flu.

One patient was a child and needed the suspension form of Tamiflu.

The only bottle was at West Suffolk Hospital. I cannot believe that days into the swine flu crisis this was the only medication available. The patient was given exactly 50ml, leaving 25ml should a case or contact need it at the hospital.

Stocks of medication are obviously not available. I dread to think what will happen if more people need medication and look to us for support when we are so underprepared.

From Dr Fiona Le Quesne, Newmarket, Suffolk

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