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Reassurance on childhood vaccine cash

GPs are being assured that funding for new childhood vaccines is not under threat, following reports in the national press last week

GPs are being assured that funding for new childhood vaccines is not under threat, following reports in the national press last week.

The Department of Health has denied that a £2 billion NHS funding hole would lead to cuts in money for new child vaccination programmes such as the Hib booster and pneumococcal immunisation.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chair of the GPC, said he was misquoted on the issue. 'I never implied that childhood vaccinations were at risk. We were talking about money that would be used to develop new areas or, were there to be a flu pandemic, to produce additional resources from the centre.'

He added: 'All the money for the childhood vaccination programme is in the hands of PCTs. The Government has said it would not deprive these areas.'

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