British GPs slam UK’s pharmacy flu services

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British GPs have labelled the UK’s pharmacy flu services as having a “chaotic” setup, reports Chemist+Druggist.

The UK pharmacy magazine spoke to Royal College of General Practitioners president Maureen Baker who told it that GPs were “very unhappy” with the way the program had been implemented.

The doctors have no way of knowing whether pharmacists were vaccinating people in at-risk groups, or “people walking in off the street,” Dr Baker told the magazine.

She said there is a big gap between the number of vaccines delivered by GPs this Northern autumn, compared to this time last year, and that the pharmacy flu service only accounted for half the shortfall.

She said this lack of information about which patients are being vaccinated in pharmacy means GPs are not sure if any at-risk groups are being ignored, and unsure what they can do to address the problem.

British GPs have to date been wary of the pharmacy flu program, with C+D previously reporting that they are discouraging patients from being vaccinated in pharmacy.

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