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GPs fear vaccine supply 'disarray'

Vaccine supply delays could cause 'disarray' to the national Hib booster catch-up campaign, claim GPs.

It was announced last week that GPs will get a £6.80 item-of-service fee for vaccinating any child who was under four on April 1. The payment will be available for six months.

But with the catch-up campaign due to start this week, some GPs were still waiting for supplies almost two weeks after the Government promised they would begin arriving.

Dr Terry John, chair of Redbridge and Waltham Forest LMC in east London, said the delays would leave day-to-day work in disarray. 'You get maximum publicity as to what's going to happen but minimum concern about administrative arrangements.'

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