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Tributes paid to 'well-respected' swine flu GP

By The Pulse news team

GP leaders have called for calm after the death of a GP in Bedfordshire who was suffering from swine flu.

RCGP chair Professor Steve Field paid tribute to Dr Michael Day, a GP in Dunstable who died on Saturday.

He said: ‘On hearing this very sad news our thoughts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr Michael Day, a well respected local GP in Dunstable. Dr Day's death will without doubt be a huge loss to his family and to the profession.'

‘While the cause of Dr Day's death has yet to be confirmed, it is extremely important to remember that swine flu is currently a relatively mild condition in the majority of cases.'

‘H1N1 flu has been relatively mild in the majority of cases but unfortunately a few people have died. GPs are working long hours to selflessly provide care to patients during the swine flu pandemic and are on the front line – assessing patients with complications in their homes and arranging treatment for them.'

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘Our first thoughts are for Dr Day and his family and for all other victims of swine flu.'

‘While these individual deaths are tragedies for the families concerned it is very important that members of the public do not panic, and continue to follow health advice about swine flu and managing it if they are infected.'

‘We must remember that every year there are deaths from complications of seasonal flu; this is unfortunately inevitable with any strain of influenza.'

He added: ‘Doctors have always accepted that there are risks associated with their job. Obviously these are smaller than they used to be with the advent of modern medicine, but they can never be eliminated altogether.'

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