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Nicola Sturgeon Thanks NHSGGC Staff

July 13, 2009 5:20 PM

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Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon met with health protection teams at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) HQ this afternoon. Ms Sturgeon thanked the public health staff for spearheading Scotland’s response to pandemic flu and posted an online message of thanks to NHSGGC’s other 44,000 staff.

Ms Sturgeon said: “The health service in Scotland has done an incredible job dealing with pandemic flu. Not only here in Glasgow, where they’ve seen the most cases so far, but across the country.

“In the early days of this outbreak it wasn’t clear how the virus would behave or how it would spread. During those early weeks Scotland’s health protection teams worked exceptionally hard to find and treat people at risk, and to advise everyone else on sensible precautions.

“Now we’re in the treatment phase the challenges are different, but the efforts of our NHS staff remain vital.

“Thanks to them Scotland has been able to offer an evidence base to the rest of the world about this virus. It’s no exaggeration to say Scotland’s NHS staff have taken a leading international role in the fight against pandemic flu.”

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Director of Public Health, said: “Our staff have been working very hard to respond effectively to the significant challenges posed by pandemic flu since the outbreak began. I am delighted they’ve been recognised by the Cabinet Secretary.

“Across a huge part of the organisation, many staff in public health, laboratories, GP surgeries and swabbing centres have worked extra hours in high pressure situations to respond to the pandemic.

“As we moved into different phases of managing the impact of the virus we continually learned from our experiences and developed new and innovative ways of working.”

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