Call for RCGP to take vaccine role

The RCGP should have a greater input into decisions made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), a leading think tank has suggested.

A report by 2020Health warned that organisations whose members are crucial to the implementation of vaccine programmes, such as the RCGP, are not represented at JCVI meetings. Currently, just one of its 16 board members is a GP.

The report suggested that RCGP involvement could boost the JCVI's awareness of vaccine implementation issues.

Elsewhere, the report called for the JCVI to be more open about the importance of cost-effectiveness analysis, and to consider not only the direct costs of vaccines to the NHS but also the benefits of vaccines on school performance, productivity in the workplace and the quality of life of carers.

However, 2020Health dismissed a Conservative party plan to merge the JCVI with NICE. It said this would threaten the effectiveness of the vaccination programme.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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