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Government 'should move faster to combat swine flu'



The government has been called upon to react more quickly to the treatment of those suffering from swine flu.

A report to be published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee later this week is expected to criticise the government for not moving fast enough to implement measures such as the introduction of the National Pandemic Flu Service.

Meanwhile, Conservative leader David Cameron raised concerns during a BBC interview over the relatively low number of available critical care beds available to those with the disease.

Although over 50s have so far been less badly affected by the pandemic than other age groups, older people are identified by the Health Protection Agency as being one of the groups most at risk of contracting the illness.

As such, care is advised over issues such as hand hygiene and disinfection of surfaces in order to avoid spreading the virus, while those who suspect they have swine flu are encouraged to contact the National Pandemic Flu Service to diagnose their symptoms.



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