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GPs not obliged to say MMR is pork-based

GPs in Scotland have welcomed a U-turn over a direction to tell patients the MMR vaccine contains porcine material.

The directive was made because the immunisation co-ordinator at Forth Valley NHS board feared the pig-based material would compromise the beliefs of Muslim and Jewish patients.

Forth Valley LMC warned the directive would further compromise the uptake of the vaccine and referred the matter to the GPC.

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said they had received confirmation the Jewish community allows porcine material to be used in vaccines and had been told the Muslim community would not object either.

Dr Holden added: 'I don't support the public health doctor who interferes and says we've got to tell everyone everything.'

A spokesman for Forth Valley NHS board said the directive had now been dropped following discussion with religious groups.

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