Can I suggest that there is another angle on this story which was not mentioned? The DoH has funded its vaccination programme and specified who it wishes to have the jab. It has only allowed funding for this group.
If GPs start giving the vaccination to others, this will only create cost pressures in the rest of the prescribing budget. The DoH is effectively able to get away with insufficiently funding new developments once again.
I entirely support GPs' wish to prescribe the vaccine to whom they see fit, but I would challenge them that if they give to one or two they should be actively seeking those who are vulnerable and effectively creating their own vaccination scheme.
Insufficient funding of new developments in the NHS is one of the major causes of financial pressure in the system. It is the DoH who should be taking the rap on this, not the PCTs.
Dr Andrew Holden, Petersfield, Cambridgeshire.