London GP hits out at ‘postcode lottery’ vaccine delays to her practice – My London



A London GP has criticised the government after her practice was promised their first batch of Covid vaccines more than a week ago.

Dr Rosemary Leonard, who helps run The Old Dairy Health Centre practice in West Dulwich, tweeted her disappointment at the delay in getting the vaccine.

Dr Leonard said: “My group of practices was initially told we would get our first delivery on 28th December. Then 4th January. Then 11th January.

“Now we are ‘6th wave’ and it will be 13th, 14th or 15th January. We are raring to go, but have no vaccines. Why?

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“I don’t doubt lots of hard work is going on to get vaccine out. But clearly something in logistics is failing.

“And whether truth being told to power – Hancock was ‘surprised’. Have to question whether DH have the right people and capability to co-ordinate effectively.

“And from replies loads of practices across the country are in same position, is real postcode lottery for patients. There must be central supply issues- would be good to be given a truthful explanation.”

The first Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines have been rolled out today and there are 180 GP-led services which have been promised to come online this week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on January 5 that 1.3 million people in the UK had received their first dose of a vaccine.

By mid-February, the target is to vaccinate 13 million people in the top four priority groups: residents in care homes and their carers, 80-year-olds and over, frontline health and social care worker, 75-year-olds and over then 70-year-olds and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable.

MyLondon has approached the Department for Social Health and Care and NHS London for a comment.

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