Lichfield residents get Tamiflu collection point

Tamiflu. Pic: Tony Hisgett

Tamiflu. Pic: Tony Hisgett

An MP has won a partial victory in his battle to get Tamiflu collection points for his constituents after a collection centre opened in Lichfield.

But Burntwood residents are still no nearer to being given an Anti Viral Collection Point (ACP) – news which has angered Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

Mr Fabricant discovered the original locations did not include Burntwood or Lichfield in a letter from Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

And although a Lichfield Tamiflu distribution point has now opened, he is set to continue his battle to get a centre for his Burntwood constituents.

Mr Fabricant said:

“I am pleased that Tamiflu can now be collected from a location in Lichfield for the treatment of swine flu, but we still need a site in Burntwood.  Elderly friends of swine flu victims and those without private transport will find it difficult to travel any distance and it is important that Tamiflu is administered within two days of symptoms showing.  I shall continue to press the Primary Care Trust for an ACP in Burntwood.

“I am also concerned that there does not appear to be an ACP in Uttoxeter in the list of addresses provided to me by the Health Secretary, Andy Burnham.  While Uttoxeter is in the Burton Parliamentary constituency, my constituents in Abbots Bromley would find it useful to have a distribution centre there if they cannot have one in their own village.”

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