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Br J Gen Pract. 2010 April 1; 60(573): 283–285.
PMCID: PMC2845489

GPs' opinions on the NHS and HPA response to the first wave of the influenza A/H1N1v pandemic

Michael Caley, MPH, MRCP, MFPH, DTM&H, Specialist Registrar in Public Health, Khesh Sidhu, BSc(Hons), MBA, FFPHM, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, and Rashmi Shukla, FRCP, FFPHM, CBE, Regional Director of Public Health

Abstract

The first wave of influenza A/H1N1v resulted in a significant demand on primary care services. This cross-sectional study describes GPs' opinions of how information was communicated to them during this period and the overall response of the NHS and Health Protection Agency. Accessibility of current guidance and ease of obtaining antiviral medication were perceived as strengths, but clarity of the information provided was consistently perceived as poor. The majority of GPs supported the introduction of the National Pandemic Flu Service, although many raised concerns about its safety.

Keywords: health care, influenza, pandemic

Articles from The British Journal of General Practice are provided here courtesy of Royal College of General Practitioners