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New director for social care flu resilience appointed

8th July 2009

A new national director for social care flu resilience has been appointed to ensure that those most vulnerable are protected from this potentially fatal illness.

Roy Taylor has taken up the position and will be responsible for making sure organisations across the country are able to build on the planning that is already in place to deal with an outbreak of the virus.

Care services minister Phil Hope explained England is one of the best prepared countries in the world for a flu pandemic, adding he looks forward to working with Mr Taylor to ensure the elderly, ill or very young are safe from the illness.

“Roy’s appointment will help make sure that the social care sector is in the best possible position to protect the population against flu,” said Mr Hope.

Lesley Rimmer, chief executive of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, added the new appointment is extremely welcome as Mr Taylor has a wealth of experience in social care.

The number of patients with flu-like symptoms who visit their GP varies between 50 and 200 for every 100,000 people every winter, according to figures from the NHS.

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