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Doctors urged to protect themselves against the flu

Doctors are being reminded of the importance of getting themselves immunised against flu.

flu vaccineAs part of NHS self-care week draws to a close on Sunday, the BMA is highlighting the need for hospital doctors and GPs to ensure they also look after themselves by getting vaccinated this winter.

BMA council chair Mark Porter said: ‘As winter approaches, GPs have been immunising their at-risk patients to ensure they have the best possible protection against flu. It is equally important that all doctors ensure they too are vaccinated to protect both themselves and their patients.

‘I have been vaccinated for my job as a consultant anaesthetist and I would encourage other hospital doctors and GPs to do the same.’

NHS England has written to NHS managers and clinical leaders asking them to help improve vaccination rates for frontline health and social care staff, which stand at 45.6 per cent for England.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said earlier this year that trusts needed to ensure 75 per cent of their staff were vaccinated in order to receive a share of £250m of emergency medicine funding for next year.

However, the BMA strongly believes that funding for patient care should not be contingent on staff vaccination targets.