Call to pay GPs for HPV catch-up programme

GPs will need to be incentivised to carry out the HPV catch-up programme if uptake targets are to be met, leading sexual health experts have warned.

Although the HPV vaccination programme beginning in September for schoolgirls aged 11 and 12 will be carried out by school nurses, it has been unclear who will be responsible for the catch-up programme.

Girls up to the age of 18 in England and Scotland are also set to receive the HPV vaccine, as research shows it is effective up to this age. The catch-up programme with will start in Scotland this September, with the England plan starting in September 2009. 

Speaking at the RCGP's annual conference on sexual health in Birmingham last week, Professor Margaret Stanley, an advisor to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's (JCVI) HPV subgroup, said: ‘It is likely that GPs would be the ones doing the HPV catch-up programme. GPs will also be involved in giving jabs to school girls as some areas will have schools that do not have nurses.'

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