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Ó Caoláin calls on Minister to explain delay in purchasing vital meningitis vaccine

23 September, 2005


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has lambasted the Táinaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney over the delay in acquiring adequate supplies of a booster vaccine to protect children from haemophilus influenza Group B (HiB). The National Immunisation Advisory Committee had recommended acquiring the vaccine as far back as early July. Deputy Ó Caoláin said he is "furious that the HSE has waited till after the death of a young child to act on the advice of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee."

Speaking today he said, "I find it quite remarkable, and I am furious, that the HSE has waited till after the death of a young child to act on the advice of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee. The committee recommended acquiring the booster vaccine as far back as early July yet the HSE is only responding now after the death of a young child.

"The Minister needs to explain why there was such a delay in responding to such a vital recommendation." ENDS

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