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Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, made a further statement to the Commons on swine flu, updating MPs on how the current situation is affecting the UK. He also told MPs about the launch of the national pandemic flu service later this week, aimed at easing pressure on frontline NHS staff.
Mr Burnham told the Commons that the phone and website service will be able to provide flu diagnosis and access to drugs without the need to go to GPs.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday). The statements usually relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
Later that day, Christopher Fraser, Conservative MP for Souith West Norfolk, introduced an adjournment debate on swine flu.
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