The Clinical Director for Skelmersdale Primary Care Network (PCN) has apologised to West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper for false claims that a constituent said were made by a member of practice staff.
Several of Rosie’s constituents made her aware of a social media post by a person who was concerned to have been told by a staff member at Birleywood Health Centre that Rosie had instructed the Practice not to administer any spare vaccinations at the end of the day.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“It is incredibly disappointing that a member of staff at the Health Centre could make such a damaging statement. I of course hold no power over the decisions made by the practice.
“Having urgently raised this matter with the Chief Officer for Lancashire and South Cumbria, I am thankful that Dr Jaidka, the Clinical Director for Skelmersdale PCN has written to me to confirm that they will be investigating what he described as a ‘false and appalling statement’.
“This misinformation has unfortunately undermined the hard work of those on the front lines of the vaccine roll out in West Lancashire.”
Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, accountable officer at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“We would like to thank our local MP, Rosie Cooper for bringing this matter to our attention. The CCG is working with the Skelmersdale Primary Care Network to fully understand exactly what information was given by the member of staff and why. We can confirm that neither the CCG, nor the practice, has received any correspondence from Ms Cooper in relation to the administration of spare vaccines.
“Our local teams are working hard to offer the first crucial dose of the vaccine to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February: those who are aged 70 and over, care home residents and staff, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, and frontline health and social care workers.
“Of course, vaccines should never be wasted, which is why all services have been asked to have a backup list of people who need a first dose who are available to attend at short notice. We would urge everyone with an appointment to do everything they can to attend to avoid this happening.”