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HPV vaccination rollout in chaos say GP leaders

By Steve Nowottny

GP leaders are claiming the rollout of nationwide HPV vaccination programme is in chaos, and blamed the haphazard nature of the programme on the Government's failure to seek clinical leadership.

The GPC said there was confusion over whether GPs who decided to immunise girls and women outside of the school-aged cohort were free to use the quadrivalent Gardasil vaccine or should stick to the Department of Health-funded Cervarix programme.

The Department of Health has promised to issue guidance for GPs, but despite GPC lobbying, it has not been forthcoming.

The GPC claimed even GPs were faced with ethical dilemmas about whether to withdraw their own daughters from the Government programme.

Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘Despite repeatedly asking, there's no national advice in the key areas. We're being approached by healthcare professionals bringing their own children because they've got a view that Gardasil is a better vaccine than Cervarix.'

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