August 20, 2009
I'm not a doctor (I just play one on teevee) but I think the correct diagnosis here is actually "beer flu."
Thousands may be using the national flu line to land themselves 'swine flu sickies', it was claimed last night.So, let me get this straight...when you offer "free" health care to people, some of them might abuse the system for possibly trivial reasons? The hell, you say! We've been told over and over that a system like that would, you know, cut down on fraud and waste by none other than the president! Who you gonna believe?
Every Monday the number using the hotline or associated website to get Tamiflu is more than double that of the day before, Government figures show.
The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so there is no reason why people should wait until after the weekend to use it.
It also emerged yesterday that fewer than 10 per cent of those prescribed Tamiflu actually have swine flu, according to estimates based on tests on a sample by the Health Protection Agency.
Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson admitted the weekly Monday spikes in calls to the National Pandemic Flu Service were 'curious'. But he would not comment on the suggestion that people were using the disease as an excuse to get time off work.
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