Patients are being urged to consult their family doctor before going to hospitals if they think they have a case of the flu. 'It's more risky to go to the emergency room because there may be cross infection or secondary infection,' Medical Association president Choi Kin said. 'The emergency room is not a place for curing flu, unless complicated.' Many people had rushed to hospitals for flu treatment since a three-year-old girl died of flu on March 1. 'People follow the flock [to hospitals] and they are panicking after the girl's death,' Dr Choi said. Medical sector legislator Kwok Ka-ki recommended a public-private partnership between the government and clinics in the community to discourage people from going to hospitals for flu remedies. The lawmaker said the government should strengthen measures such as encouraging more people to have flu vaccinations. The Hospital Authority has about 4,600 doctors, while there are about 5,500 doctors in the community. Better resource allocation would help ease the pressure on hospitals and emergency services, he said. Medical support should also be available to patients discharged from hospital after flu treatment, he said. Dr Kwok and Dr Choi believed family doctors could provide better medical support and service to patients if they had minor illnesses. College of Family Practitioners former president Natalis Yuen Chung-lau said the government should invest more resources in training family doctors and that medical graduates should receive three more years of training to become family doctors.