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Government scrap lifesaving cervical cancer vaccination

Posted on November 06, 2008 at 04:25 PM

The furore surrounding this week's announcement that the Minister for Health was to scrap her plans to introduce a cervical cancer vaccination programme was raised today in the Dail.

The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore, despite being ruled out of order, pushed the Government to debate the matter and Minister Harney faced some tough questions from Opposition TDs on her decision.

The programme to vaccinate 12 year olds against HPV (for more information on HPV click on the link to the Irish Family Planning Association website) was only announced in August. Our Spokesperson on Health Deputy Jan O'Sullivan welcomed it at the time and urged the Government to include a catch-up programme for 13 to 15 year olds. Now the Minister claims there is no money to even roll out the vaccination programme for 12 year olds. Considering cervical cancer claims on average 73 lives each year, a screening and vaccination programme makes sense.

You can view all the Labour Party contributions to today's debate on our You Tube channel. The following links will bring you to the corresponding deputies contribution and the full debate will be uploaded to the Oireachtas website later in the day.

The videos for Deputy Kathleen Lynch, Deputy Liz McManus and Deputy Joan Burton.

You can also read Jan's statement on the decision not to provide this important vaccine in our media centre. We would love to hear from you on this vaccine and you can tell us in the comments section below.

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