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GPs anger over MMR plan

15th August 2008

The British Medical Association has denounced the fact that the government did not speak to them before starting a £5.5m "rescue package" to prop up the MMR vaccine programme.


Pulse revealed that the government’s statement that it was going ahead with the programme took the BMA "completely by surprise".

The Department of Health has not involved the BMA in discussions about the package, although a similar trial campaign in London sharply increased GPs’ workloads.

The campaign wants primary care trusts to push the numbers of children who have the vaccine to 95% - the quantity the World Health Organisation recommends.

Trusts outside London will be given £30,000 in order to provide immunisation to all children aged under 18. Trusts within the capital will be given £60,000 "to reflect the higher ratio of children requiring MMR".

Trusts will be able to decide how they use the money and it has not been made clear how it will be used to support GP practices if they have to visit patients.

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul said he was "baffled and frustrated" by the Department of Health’s actions.

"We had not been involved and were only told about it the day before it was announced. This is another example of Government announcements without having consulted the GPC – even though GPs will be central to this scheme."

Dr George Kassianos, RCGP immunisation spokesperson, said doctors in busy city practices would be swamped: "practices that have not had a very high uptake, not just those in London, will have to run extra clinics to cope."


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