The National Flu Service is expected to go live later today , giving thousands of swine flu sufferers access to drugs without needing to consult with a GP.
The Department of Health has accepted that the service could be abused with people giving the answers they believe will give them access to anti-flu drugs. But Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson has said it was a price worth paying to help the NHS cope with its “biggest challenge in a generation”.
Which will be why the NHS also has a helpful site – ‘Swine Flu symtpom checker’…….. I mean they wouldn’t want you failing to get your hands on €432 worth of free Tamiflu by giving the wrong answers would they? Nor should you fail just because you can’t speak English yet – the service is available in the following languages.
In case that is not helpful enough for you to commence on this year’s most profitable scam, the Daily Express is reporting that hundreds of people with few English language skills and no medical training will join the 1,500 team taking calls from the public.
The Department of Health has declined to officially reveal where all call centres will be. But at one identified centre in Watford, Herts, one applicant said: “I asked if they needed staff and they told me about the swine flu centre they were setting up. They didn’t want to know much about me, but said I would undergo up to five hours of paid training with NHS staff before being allowed to take calls. I was told I didn’t need any medical background, just that I would be available to work evening shifts for at least the next couple of weeks.”
Interesting that this chap should be told to be available to work evenings, the NHS have specified that the help line will only be open during the day!
“If you are using the symptom checker on behalf of someone else please remember that the questions will be about them.”
Yes, remember that whinging about your bunions won’t net you €432, then you should be able to get your hands on a 30 capsule pack of 75mg Tamiflu free of charge just in time to flog it to someone who really has got Swine flu.
God Bless the NHS. They can waste money with such style.
What’s the betting the web site crashes on the first day. Nah, make that in the first hour.