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No Tamiflu collection points earmarked for Lichfield and Burntwood

Tamiflu. Pic: Tony Hisgett

Tamiflu. Pic: Tony Hisgett

Lichfield and Burntwood residents will have to travel further afield to collect swine flu anti-viral medication – a decision which has angered local MP Michael Fabricant.

The news came to light after a letter was sent to Mr Fabricant by Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham.

His letter highlights the confidential locations for anti-viral collection points for treatment of swine flu – but neither Lichfield nor Burntwood are listed.

The news has angered the Lichfield MP. Mr Fabricant said:

“My constituents will have to travel to Tamworth, Stafford, Rugeley, or Burton to collect Tamiflu or other anti-virals to combat swine flu.  This is a serious omission.  I shall be asking the South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust to provide collection points (ACPs) in both Lichfield and Burntwood.

“Existing locations include supermarkets, chemists, and other major stores.  There is no excuse for omitting Lichfield and Burntwood which are major population centres.”

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5 Comments

  1. Barry Scott

    25th July, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    “…confidential locations for anti-viral collection points…”
    “My constituents will have to travel to Tamworth, Stafford, Rugeley, or Burton…”

    Confidential indeed!

  2. Michael Fabricant

    25th July, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    The towns aren’t confidentail!!!!

  3. Tax payer

    27th July, 2009 at 12:19 am

    We can not afford a “collection point” but can subsidize the Garrick!!

  4. Tax payer

    27th July, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    It is good to see events have overtaken us and that someone agrees with me that we need our own collection point.
    The negative/positive system is a bit “broad brush” as it does not allow for explanations as to why you believe someone’s entertainment should take preference over someone’s medical needs.
    Would one of the people who showed you are diametrically apposed to my opinion – medical needs are a priority over any other wants – care to elaborate?

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