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EXCLUSIVE: MMR jab scheme was 'not thought through'

EXCLUSIVE: MMR jab scheme was 'not thought through'

EXCLUSIVE: MMR jab scheme was 'not thought through'

The government has not considered how the national vaccination programmes recently launched  work in practice, healthcare leaders have said. 

The scheme, announced last week by new body Public Health England, aims to give the MMR vaccine to all young people aged 10-16 before September. 

Yet although they agree with the plans, both Family Doctor Association (FDA) chairman Dr Peter Swinyard and Dr Michael Dixon, chair of the NHS Alliance said doctors should have been forewarned.

Dr Swinyard said: “It’s another one of those situations where GPs will do it, because they have to, but the government really haven’t thought it through.

“We will manage somehow, but it seems like this is yet another example of people just having to follow the rules, the way the NHS has always been run.”

Dr Dixon believes the crux of the issue is that the government failed to tell practices of their plans before announcing them nationally.

He said: “We’ve had these general pronouncements from on high that most GPs have found out second-hand. There needs to be a concerted effort in the practice, and unless you know you’re going to be resourced it will be difficult.

“We really do need to get back to a system where if there’s a national announcement about general practice people are pre-warned exactly what it’s going to be about, both in terms of medical procedures and also in terms of it being properly resourced,” he added.

Reimbursement ‘reassurance’

Talks are in place to fully reimburse practices for the vaccines and resources used, Nursing in Practice has discovered.

The British Medical Association (BMA) is still in talks with the Department of Health and NHS England over how this will be organised, but Dr Dixon has been ‘reassured’.

He said: “I‘ve been reassured that there will be funding coming and it will be quite enough to cover all the costs, but it is a problem that people haven’t had it confirmed yet.”

Dr Richard Vautrey, chair of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) GP Committee confirmed that talks are taking place.

“It’s being discussed at the moment, what funding needs to be in place, but the key thing at the moment is getting the message across.”

He said: “It’s important that practices are supported to be able to respond to what’s already an increasing demand for children’s vaccinations in surgeries, and parents being unsure on what they have to do for their children.”

The GP leaders comments follow from the announcement that around millions of children and older people will be offered vaccines from flu, shingles and diarrhoea

The Department of Health has yet to comment.


Gp practices may well be reimbursed for co-ordinating and completing the vaccination programmes but it is the Practice nurses who administer the vaccinations . We are already working at full capacity and now are being asked to complete programmes for childhood flu , shingles and MMR all before the usual onslaught of the Seasonal flu campaign begins in October.
I would be interested to know where the health ministers think the extra nurse hours will come from in order to administer all these vaccines.
There is a lack of practice nurses available in the community as it is .
Surely the vaccination of 10 -16 year olds should be done by School nurses?

Yes, yet again another bright idea from the Dept of Health that we all learnt about on the 7am BBC news.
What happened to cascade of information?
Yes, more overtime we don't want (tax man rubs hands in the background) and more questions about that old friend "single MMR vaccines".
How many patients can cram into one surgery building at the same time? Surely this isn't a new attempt and a Guinness world record!
I completely agree with the School nurse approach. They will have a captive audience, with no mothers asking irrelevant questions proposed in a tweet that morning. Hopefully that font of all knowledge the Daily Mail will no doubt be able to spring some scare story for the appropriate parents to question again.

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