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Ministry of Defence accused of contravening inoculation guidelines

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1234
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Eleven soldiers have come forward with symptoms that they say were caused by inoculations given before the recent invasion of Iraq. They say the Ministry of Defence failed to honour assurances by the minister, Geoff Hoon, that inoculations would be spread over time.

    Mr Hoon told parliament on 20 January that “a key lesson learned about inoculations is that it is not sensible to inflict on our forces a large number of inoculations simultaneously. Preparation in that respect is much better than it was before the Gulf war.”

    Mark McGhee, the solicitor representing all 11 soldiers, said: “I have …

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