After criticism from the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), the Minister Simon Harris announced today (Tuesday the 22nd) that an agreement has been reached to deliver the new Childhood Vaccination Schedule.
Although they were not party to negotiations regarding the vaccination schedule, the NAGP encouraged the intervention of the Minister for Health. They expressed a number of concerns regarding the repercussion a potential delay in commencement could cause. The new schedule includes both the Meningococcal B and Rotavirus vaccines for newborn children.
Dr. Emmet Kerin, NAGP President, welcomed the announcement: “The NAGP campaigned for the introduction of the Meningococcal B vaccine and were disappointed in the lack of engagement by the HSE with GP representative bodies. I commend the IMO on the tenacity with which they pursued the timely delivery of this life-saving vaccine and ensuring the adequate resourcing of this additional service”.
On the matter of the new GP contract, he said: “I welcome the Minister’s comments today (Tuesday) that he will engage in ‘positive and constructive dialogue’ with GPs”.
He stated that the NAGP is looking forward to being part of this process to delivering the new “urgently needed” contract that will ensure the viability of General Practice.