Doctor criticises vaccination plans


The meningitis and flu vaccination campaigns have no chance of meeting targets because of the "appalling" standard of communications between doctors and health boards, a Dublin GP has claimed.

Dr Maurice Gueret, a member of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, said Irish patients were getting a "third world service" because of poor communications, particularly the lack of computers.

Many GPs were not coping with the volume of work expected of them and the latest vaccination campaigns were major causes of concern when in parts of Dublin "40 per cent of children are not receiving existing vaccines".