Posted on August 5th, 2009 No comments
Almost nine out of 10 GPs fear diagnosing swine flu over the phone could lead to other diseases, like meningitis, being missed.
87 per cent of family doctors questioned, answered yes when asked: “Does diagnosing swine flu over the phone mean other diseases may be missed?”
Of the 251 polled, 10% were unsure and just 3% said no.
The report highlights their concerns, one stating that they had seen a case of measles misdiagnosed as swine flu.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “People can still speak to their GP if they are concerned. In fact, it is important to stress that people with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, and parents with children under the age of one should speak to their GP if they have symptoms.”