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GPC negotiators have angrily rejected health minister John Hutton's claim that they have given up the fight for informed dissent for childhood vaccines.

GPC chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said the issue would be top of the agenda at his post-election meeting with the CMO.

He was reacting to Mr Hutton's claim last week in Pulse that he was 'certainly not going to change the arrangements' and had agreement with the GPC to that effect.

The Government is adamant that allowing exception reporting would undermine vaccine uptake.

But GPC negotiator Dr Andrew Dearden said: 'Just because they say there's no negotiation doesn't mean we won't keep bringing it up and keep talking about it. We have done everything we can think of to tell the Government of the stupidity of this decision. We don't want to get into situations where we're coercing patients to have things done.'

The contract explicitly leaves open the possibility of reviewing target payments for vaccines.

At next week's Scottish LMCs conference, Forth Valley LMC will renew demands for informed dissent.

Dr John Rankin, the LMC secretary, told Pulse: 'We put the motion forward each year to keep pressure on the Government.'

Andrew Lansley MP, shadow health secretary, this week told Pulse the Conservatives would introduce informed dissent if elected. He pledged to ask NICE to assess the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of single vaccines.

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