Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

News

Child vaccination rates in England fall across the board, figures show

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5773 (Published 26 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5773

Rapid Response:

Re: Child vaccination rates in England fall across the board, figures show

The most important issue in this situation is to ensure that the parent or parents give meaningful consent. The mode of recording agreement is of less importance than the process that is followed to reach an informed decision. It is vital to record the interaction in the patient’s notes. If, despite the clear benefits to the child and the wider public, parents decline consent to have their child vaccinated, the decision must be respected, as is stated by the GMC in their guidance on ‘Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together’. If a complaint arises, members of Medical Protection can request assistance

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 October 2019
Robert A Hendry
Medical Director
Medical Protection Society
32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG