HC Deb 08 June 1999 vol 332 cc279-80W
Mr. Ian Stewart

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to alert NHS trusts who have been issued with the batch of DTP vaccine which was recently withdrawn by Bath and West Community NHS Trust following adverse reactions. [85495]

Ms Jowell

A Public Health Link message was sent from the Chief Medical Officer's office on 14 May 1999 to all directors of public health and copied to all consultants in communicable disease control for urgent cascade to District immunisation co-ordinators, health authority pharmaceutical advisers, medical directors in national health service trusts to forward to chief pharmacists, and on to Community service pharmacists and to general practitioners who received the original message. Copies of the Public Health Link message are available in the Library.

The reports were of cases from one area and were not reflected in reports of reactions to the same batch from other parts of the country.