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GPs 'threatened' by NHS bosses over refusal to prescribe flu antivirals

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'PHE also makes an assessment of each outbreak through our local teams in discussion with GPs and other colleagues locally and advises accordingly. The PHE director - I understand has a medical licence - and some of the team are meant to have some expertise in the area of flu prevention. I suggest these 'Supernumerary' health professionals (Some even drs) step out of their ivory towers and go to the multi bedded care homes - our local home where they tried to force the practice to prescribe had over 90 elderly and infirm patients - and go and spend the day or 2 it would take to assess these patients adequately. This would involve checking renal function and ensure the medication being forced onto these patients is adequately counselled with risk/benefits advised and recorded, best interest meetings set up for those unable to consent. Then a day or 2 to treat and support all those who suffer side effects as a result of the Tamiflu. Which GP has time in their day to do that as well as continue in their day job and see patients and be on call??? Only Ivory tower/supernumerary staff at an institution like PHE has the time and resources to do public health preventative activity like this

Posted date

15 Mar 2017

Posted time

8:01am

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