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Failure to vaccinate NHS staff puts patients without health insurance at risk of flu

Published on 29/09/2011

Patients without private health insurance are at greater risk of the flu, as latest NHS statistics reveal that only 34.7% of NHS staff were vaccinated in 2010, a year which saw more than 600 patients die from the virus.

In many health trusts it was too hard for staff to get the jab, with chief executives giving the issue a low priority.

Staff vaccination rates ranged from just 10 per cent to the "high 90s”.

Trusts with particularly low rates of vaccinated doctors were Derby City PCT (0%), Luton PCT (0.7%) and Heart of Birmingham PCT (1.5%). Nurses had similarly low rates of vaccinations across the country.

The UK Faculty of Public Health President said the NHS staff who did not get flu jabs were “guilty of complete dereliction of duty.”

HS Employers, an umbrella organisation for NHS trusts, is launching a dedicated campaign to increase uptake among staff, called National NHS Staff Seasonal Flu Vaccine Campaign.

Dean Royles, director of NHS Employers, which represents healthcare providers such as hospitals and PCTs, said: "We want to help NHS staff to fight the flu, to protect the services they provide, their families and their patients.”

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