Shingles: Vaccination:Written question - HL17113

Asked on: 11 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Shingles: Vaccination
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require GP surgeries in England to put in place a call and recall procedure to require them to follow up patients in the shingles vaccination cohort who have not yet availed themselves of the vaccine.
Answered on: 23 July 2019

As outlined in both the NHS Long Term Plan and Investment and Evolution: a five-year framework for GP contract reform to implement The NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England and NHS Improvement are currently undertaking a review of vaccinations and immunisations. The Department would not wish to pre-empt the outcome of this review. Investment and Evolution states that the purpose of the review as being to:

- Ensure the system incentivises achievement of appropriate uptake rates for immunisations in line with national public health uptake rates;

- Reduce the administrative burden on general practices by simplifying the system if possible;

- Clarify what is expected on call/recall for immunisations delivered through the GP contract;

- Address anomalies in the system that directly incentivise some vaccines but not others;

- Look at how we deal with outbreaks and catch-up programmes; and

- Consider whether we extend the list of chargeable travel vaccines.

A copy of Investment and Evolution: a five-year framework for GP contract reform to implement The NHS Long Term Plan is attached.

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