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Parents say GPs coerce them into MMR

Many parents feel their GPs are coercing them into having their children vaccinated with MMR, research by Dr Nick Raithatha suggests.

The target pay system has led parents to mistrust their GPs' advice, his qualitative survey of 55 parents showed.

Dr Raithatha, a GP at the University of East Anglia health centre, found parents recognised the benefits of vaccination but were sceptical about the accuracy of information given to them by GPs. All those interviewed had chosen to get their children vaccinated.

The findings were published in the summer issue of the Journal of Public Health Medicine.

Dr Raithatha urged GPs to listen passively to parental concerns. 'If they decide not to give their children MMR they can always come back. If you alienate them, you lose them forever.'

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