You can use your existing Medical Independent, MediLearning or PharmacistCPD account to log in. is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.

The benefits of registering: only registered users:
  • receive the ecCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • have automatic access to our free CPD sites.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz.

Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

Download the new Mindo app for both IOS & Android.

  • Get notified when a story goes live
  • Access Premium Content
  • Read Offline
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public"]

You are reading 1 of 2 free-access articles allowed for 30 days

Agreement reached on Men B and Rotavirus vaccination

By Dermot - 22nd Nov 2016 | 2 views

Dr Padraig McGarry, Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO said that the new agreement should set a “positive tone” for upcoming negotiations around a new GP contract.

“We don’t underestimate the challenge ahead in trying to secure vital resources and support for a fit-for-purpose modern GP contract but if we don’t move ahead now and get much needed resources into general practice we can have no hope of moving care into a GP led community setting which we know is better for the patient.”

The Minister for Health Simon Harris said that the addition of the vaccines to the Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme would make “further improvements to public health”.

“I am also pleased that I have the support of GPs to deliver it and I want to thank the IMO for their engagement on delivering this Programme.

“I look forward to continued positive and constructive dialogue with the IMO and GPs, in particular in relation to the development of a new and modernised GP contract”.

The news was also welcomed by the ICGP, with Dr Mark Murphy ICGP Chair of Communications calling it a “good day for children, parents, preventative healthcare and general practice”.

The NAGP praised the IMO for its “tenacity” in making the agreement.

“The NAGP campaigned for the introduction of the Meningococcal B vaccine and were disappointed in the lack of engagement by the HSE with GP representative bodies,” said Dr Emmet Kerin, NAGP President,

“I commend the IMO on the tenacity with which they pursued the timely delivery of this life-saving vaccine and ensuring the adequate resourcing of this additional service”.

All babies born on, or after, the 1 October 2016 will receive vaccines for Meningococcal B (Men B) and Rotavirus disease in addition to the other childhood vaccines currently given.

The first doses of these vaccines are given at two months of age, which means that the first babies are due to begin receiving these vaccines from the beginning of December.


Leave a Reply

[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public-2"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public-2"]
Latest Issue
The Medical Independent – 24 June 2021

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

[the_ad_placement id="main-mpu-public"]
Most Read
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public-2"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public-2"]