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Monday, 10 January, 2000, 12:44 GMT
Flu: An NHS nightmare




The number of people contracting the flu virus is approaching epidemic levels. The NHS is struggling to cope as people flood A&E departments suffering from severe respiratory complications. BBC News Online examines a growing crisis.





Flu to claim more victims
The Royal College of General Practitioners warns that the flu crisis will continue to get worse.


Tories blame government policy
The Conservatives claim that the NHS cannot cope with the current crisis, and blames government policy.




Nurses shortage stretches NHS capacity
A serious shortage of nurses has reduced the ability of the health service to cope with the flu outbreak.


Playing with poison
So many substances - and infections - can poison the body. So how do doctors find out which one is to blame?




Surviving the crash
Christmas and New Year road accidents will bring heartbreak for families. But the death rate is falling, due partly to the growing skills of doctors.


Trouble in mind
The accident and emergency department often has to help those with psychiatric and psychological disorders. The problem is often identifying those most at risk.






Saving your skin
The way doctors deal with burns has been revolutionised in recent years, giving more patients than ever the chance of surviving.






On the scene
Highly skilled paramedics, 'flying doctors' and helicopter crews can make a big difference to survival chances. BBC News Online looks at the professionals involved.


Fill the wards with drunken folly
The festive period puts A&E under strain as it struggles to deal with the after-effects of alcohol abuse. What is is like for the doctors involved?
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