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Lichfield MP releases Midlands Tamiflu collection point information

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has made public some of the information on Tamiflu collection points across the West Midlands.

The disclosure of some of the information relating to Anti-Viral Collection Points has been released in the wake of Mr Fabricant’s criticism of some Prime Health Care Trusts for being over secretive regarding the locations.

Mr Fabricant said he was backing a fellow Conservative’s criticism of North Staffordshire PCT.

He said:

 “I back Robert Jenrick [the Conservative prospective Parliamentary candidate in Newcastle under Lyme] for his criticism of the North Staffordshire PCT for being over secretive.”

A North Staffordshire PCT spokesman has previously said that there are ten locations in North Staffordshire and people will be told where to go once they have been prescribed it. However, Stoke-0n-Trent PCT has released to the public all the locations of Tamiflu centres.

Mr Fabricant added:

“This policy is inconsistent.  I have therefore unilaterally decided to release some of the information to the public today.  A list of addresses was sent to me on the July 24 by Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Health.  He named all of the ACPs known to him at the time for the West Midlands.  He specifically asked that the exact locations be kept secret.  I am not sure why.  Does he expect a mob to break into these centres and ransack all the available supplies of Tamiflu? I think not.

“However, I shall honour his request not to release the exact locations.  But I do think it right that the general areas where ACPs are being established in the West Midlands be known to the public.

“Last week when I discovered that neither Lichfield nor Burntwood were on the list, I demanded that they be added.  Lichfield now has an ACP.  As far as I know, there is still no Tamiflu location in Burntwood.  The public has a right to know where these localities are.  It is possible, just as with Lichfield, that more locations have since been added.  Where they have not, the public have a right to ask that they be added.”

The document released by Mr Fabricant is available as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet. Detailed addresses and opening times have been deleted.

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  1. Phil

    31st July, 2009 at 10:13 am

    In the interests of making this accessible I’ve uploaded the spreadsheet to Google Docs for all to view. View the Tamiflu collection points in the West Midlands spreadsheet.