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PCTs under fire on flu uptake

The Liberal Democrats have named and shamed five London PCTs for failing to do enough to encourage over-65s to get vaccinated against flu.

Simon Hughes, LibDem candidate for the London Mayor, said Lambeth, Southwark, Greenwich, Westminster, and Hammersmith and Fulham were the 'five PCTs with the lowest uptake in England'.

He claimed uptake data, revealed in a parliamentary answer, showed only one London PCT had hit the Government target to get 70 per cent of over-65s immunised this winter ­ and 10 PCTs in the capital had failed to hit even 60 per cent uptake.

But the figures were based on vaccine coverage by December 1 even though PCTs were given until December 31 to hit the 70 per cent target.

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