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PCNs could play key role in reversing ‘alarming falls’ in childhood vaccination

 

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PCNs could play key role in reversing ‘alarming falls’ in childhood vaccination

The NHS wants primary care networks (PCNs) to play a bigger role in reversing what an NHS England statement called “alarming falls” in rates of childhood vaccination.

According to a new review, one in seven children aged five had not had both doses of essential measles jabs. NHS England hopes that take-up will increase if services are made more convenient for parents. PCNs could help by ensuring that GP services are open in the evenings and weekends. The regulator said it would look at how well existing funding arrangements for GPs are working among other measures to ensure they vaccinate as many children and young people as possible against MMR.