Meningitis vaccination rationing

There are many and several types of meningitis, and over 3000 cases per annum. Just because a vaccine exists does not mean it is good value to governments treating populations. Just as screening tests have to meet certain criteria, so with vaccinations. The Zars virus is a case in point as it is now threatening many people across continents so a vaccine will be a public good. Meningitis B is a relatively uncommon infection, and rational rationing supports government policy. But we don’t officially have rationing at all, so NHSreality supports the demand for Men B public vaccination to all children under 11, and why not anyone who requests it?

Meningitis B Petition

Over 680,000 Have Now Signed.
BBC News today 15th March reports: Parents take meningitis B vaccine case to Commons

Meningitis B and C are reducing in frequency as living standards increase. There is a cost to a vaccination program, and once started it will be difficult to withdraw. Screening for breast and cervical cancer services being an example of where the gain has occurred already, but there would be such an outcry if withdrawn and the resources put into more useful returns.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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