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Conservatives criticise Tamiflu collection point strategy

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The distribution of Tamiflu collection points across England does not reflect the needs of the population, shadow health minister Stephen O’Brien has warned.

Some 47 primary care trusts have just one collection point, whereas in 10 areas there are more than 30 collection points. In eight areas there appear to be no collection points at all, the Conservatives claim.

The party says there seems to be no link between either the amount of people with swine flu or the population density of an area and the amount of collection points.

In 10 areas of London, where swine flu has been rife, there was a single collection point available.

Mr O’Brien said: ‘The number of collection points available in many areas seems surprisingly low. If there are areas with too few collection points, then the Government must take urgent action to open more.’

The Government has asked for the locations of the collection points not to be released owing to fears that people may turn up who do not need Tamiflu.

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