HC Deb 04 February 1977 vol 925 cc454-5W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to make a decision on the appeal, forwarded to him by the hon. Member for Christchurch and Lymington, by Mr. and Mrs. T. Price of Christchurch, against the refusal by the Dorset Area Health Authority to examine the circumstances surrounding the vaccination of their daughter Tanya against whooping cough, and her subsequent mental and physical incapacity.

Mr. Ennals

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to Mr. and Mrs. Price's appeal against the decision of the Medical Service Committee of the Dorset Family Practitioner Committee not to seek my consent or that of the general practitioner concerned to an investigation of Mr. and Mrs. Price's complaint against that practitioner, which was lodged outside the normal time limit. I have decided to allow the appeal, and letters have today been sent to the parties and to the Family Practitioner Committee notifying them of this decision and directing the Medical Service Committee to investigate the complaint.

Mr. Anthony Grant

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cases of death or serious illness resulting from whooping cough vaccine there were in the area of the Harrow and Brent Area Health Authority in each of the last five years.

Mr. Moyle

In the last five years the Committee on Safety of Medicines has received no reports from the Brent and Harrow area of death or serious illness due to whooping cough vaccine.

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