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Flabbergasted by illogical BCG ruling

Are any other GPs aware of BCG vaccine being restricted on the grounds of race?

In my local hospital, I have been informed that only non-Caucasian newborn babies are vaccinated against tuberculosis. Each vial, I was told, contains 20 doses, most of which are discarded, as the percentage of non-Caucasian babies born there is small. The Caucasian children are not vaccinated.

A niece of mine in the area has received a letter from her child's school, saying children of a wide variety of ethnicities are allowed to receive the BCG vaccination free at school. Only Caucasian children are not eligible, and their parents would have to arrange the vaccination for their child for around £50 at the hospital.

I am flabbergasted by this illogical ruling. Does it apply elsewhere in the country?

Dr Susanna Timmins, Essex

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