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General practice threatens to withhold repeat prescriptions until patients have flu vaccine

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4682 (Published 10 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4682

Re: General practice threatens to withhold repeat prescriptions until patients have flu vaccine

Assuming the headline is correct, the GPs concerned were acting unlawfully. They did not seek informed consent. They just demanded that jabs be accepted.

Here is a suggestion. Please give ALL general practitioners a respectable per capita yearly allowance and abolish fee per immunisation, per IUCD, per condom prescription, per every other procedure. Bin the Quality Outcome nonsense.

Here is a challenge. Pay a doctor (hospital or private or NHS GP) a fee for notifying every side-effect of any drug, including imm and vacc products.

I have a hunch that we will see medicine practised with greater conscientiousness.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 October 2017
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough