PHE re. prescription antivirals for the prophylaxis of influenza in care homes

February 6, 2017

The BMA is continuing to hear of examples where GP practices are being told by local public
health officers that they must prescribe oseltamivir to all residents in a care home following a
person contracting influenza within that home. In some cases we’ve seen evidence of GPs
being threatened with GMC referral if they do not comply.
It is unacceptable that these requests continue and that there is still no properly commissioned
service to fulfil this work.

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