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Reflections on the UK's approach to the 2009 swine flu pandemic: conflicts between national government and the local management of the public health response.

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The first cases of swine flu in the UK were detected on 27th April 2009. Two weeks later Birmingham became a "hotspot" for the HIN1 pandemic in England. This paper describes the experiences of local public health agencies during the pandemic and the problems encountered when trying to work within a hierarchical and hermetic system of national policy making. We argue that over reliance on the speculative logic of modellers, together with a failure to adapt swiftly the nation's preparedness pla...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Journal:
Health and place
Volume:
18
Issue:
4
Pages:
737-745
Publication date:
2012-07-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1873-2054
ISSN:
1353-8292
URN:
uuid:60b18a9a-2666-4442-8ac0-fc0ef5cb1645
Source identifiers:
339928
Local pid:
pubs:339928

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