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Medics yet to receive flu jabs.



MIDLAND hospital staff have yet to be given swine flu vaccinations, it emerged today.

Health Secretary Andy Burnham announced yesterday that National Health Service hospitals had begun vaccinating frontline healthcare workers and patients categorised as "at risk".

He revealed the programme would be rolled out over the next few weeks, with GP surgeries receiving deliveries from Monday.

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust expected the vaccines to be ready for tomorrow, Heartlands NHS Trust expected its delivery "in the coming days" while Birmingham Children's Hospital Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust manage the central Birmingham hospital now also known as The Diana, Princess of Wales Children's Hospital, which provides general and emergency health care services to children in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond.  and Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust did not yet know when they would be able to issue the vaccine.

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust The University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust provides adult district general hospital services for South Birmingham as well as specialist treatments for the West Midlands.

The trust comprises two hospitals 1.
, which covers the Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak Hospitals, is expecting delivery early next week.

Dr Rashmi Shukla, regional director of public health for the NHS NHS
abbr.
National Health Service


NHS (in Britain) National Health Service
 in the West Midlands, said: "It is very important that frontline health and social care workers in the West Midlands have this vaccine. NHS West Midlands has been working closely with our organisations to ensure the vaccination delivery programme runs smoothly."
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