To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) what support is available to primary care trusts in implementing action pursuant to guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation;
(2) what guidance exists for primary care trusts and strategic health authorities on the effective implementation of guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
Guidance on the implementation of an immunisation programme is made available to the national health service and others through various information channels such as the Chief Medical Officer Letters, Chief Executives Bulletin, the guide Immunisation against infectious disease, websites and a range of NHS immunisation leaflets.
Funding for the implementation of immunisations is contained within the overall primary care trusts (PCTs) budget. Additional support is usually provided to PCTs to implement new vaccination programmes. A national conference for PCTs was held in October on the human papilloma virus vaccination programme. A second conference is planned, and a range of supporting resources is being made available on the www.immunisation.nhs.uk website as they are developed.