*NAGP seriously concerned about impact of vaccine delay on patient safety
*NAGP seeking urgent inclusion in talks to avoid potential vaccine delay

The National Association of General Practitioners are urgently seeking their inclusion in negotiations on the new childhood vaccination schedule. As reported this morning (Monday) talks between the IMO and the HSE have failed to reach agreement on the resourcing of the new vaccination schedule. Citing concern for patient safety, the NAGP are now calling on the Government to include its representatives in these negotiations in an effort to avoid delays.

Dr. Emmet Kerin, NAGP President, said, “We are seeking to be included in talks so that agreement can be reached urgently and avoid a delay in delivery of the new vaccine schedule. The NAGP has previously stated that we are happy to work alongside the IMO on negotiations. The NAGP campaigned for the introduction of the Meningococcal B vaccine and we are disappointed at the potential delay in the implementation of the scheme”.

Dr. Kerin concluded, “While the NAGP will be included in negotiations for a new GP contract, we are not party to the ongoing negotiations on the new vaccination schedule, as these precede a new contract. As the largest representative body for General Practice, we are disappointed that we have not been included in these negotiations”.

The NAGP delivered a letter to the Minister for Health on the 7th of November outlining their concerns about the lack of agreement and urging his intervention to avoid any delay to the roll-out. The GP body are writing to the Minister again today (Monday) to seek their inclusion in talks in the hopes of a speedy resolution.