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Will the MMR catch-up campaign be a success?



Dr Nigel Watson, a GP in New Milton, Hampshire

‘Getting people vaccinated is a good idea. I've seen two children die of measles when I was in paediatrics.

'But the Government needs to negotiate on a national basis before announcing it like this through the media and then having patients turning up at surgeries, saying they want their vaccination.

'We haven't organised it, we haven't got funding for it and many nurses are on holiday at this time of year.'

Dr Helena McKeown, a GP in Salisbury

‘It's absolutely typical of the Government to make an announcement like this through the media without having a concrete plan, which is regionally suitable and negotiated with practices, before announcing it to the public. Unbelievable.'

Dr Reina Patel, a GP in Stockport

‘The problems have not been the Government's fault and it needs to do something about it, but I'm not sure it will have the desired effect.

'People haven't seen the damage these diseases can do. The Government should publicise the consequences of them.'

Dr Richard Halverson, a GP in Holborn, London

‘I think the majority of patients have made an active decision not to give their children the MMR jab and they are unlikely to be persuaded by this campaign.

'I think the Government is trying to increase the uptake of the MMR by scaring people.'

Dr Mary Flynn, a GP in Brighton

‘I don't think it will be easy to do, as we have historically had a particularly low uptake in Brighton and there will always be parents who have concerns.

'But we can always ask kids once they reach 16 to decide and they can make their own minds up.'

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