GPs Fear Flu Service Misdiagnosis

90% of general practitioners polled by GP magazine said that they feared that patients with serious illness could be misdiagnosed by the National Flu Pandemic Service (NFPS).

The NFPS has been set up to cope with the outbreak of swine flu.  Patients who have concerns telephone the service or log on to its website and are asked a series of questions to determine whether they are suffering from swine flu.  The telephone service is staffed by operators with no medical qualification and just a few hours training.  There are concerns among doctors that the vague nature of the symptoms of swine flu could lead to serious illnesses being missed to the detriment of the health of patients.

Posted 6th August 2009 | Posted in News,Uncategorised