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GP's community hospital warning

Influential MPs have pledged to take the Government to task over controversial changes to GP childhood vaccine pay.

Members of the House of Commons health select committee attacked the Government's immunisation campaign for being in 'chaos' and said they would be 'massively concerned' if GPs opted out.

Committee member Mike Penning, Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead, has this week tabled four written questions in the House of Commons on the changes, in which MMR counts for half instead of a quarter of vaccine uptake.

Mr Penning told Pulse: 'I think it's a flagrant example

of where the Government completely misunderstands how health is provided to a com-

munity.

'I also understand why GPs are going to [opt out]. This is not a charity ­ they have to run a business and at the same time provide the best possible cover. It seems to me the Government's immunisation programme is in chaos.'

Fellow committee member Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam, said he hoped the matter would

be raised when the com-

mittee next took evidence from the Secretary of State, Patricia Hewitt.

'If the change in the payment system results in a fall in vaccination levels that would be a serious cause for concern,' Mr Burstow said.

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