GP surgery in Barnsley faces legal action

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A Barnsley medical centre could face hundreds of legal claims over vaccines stored in a faulty fridge.

Some 515 children face having to be reinnoculated, because vaccines were stored in a faulty fridge at Brierley Medical Centre for five years, compromising the effectiveness of the medication.

Children who were vaccinated against a number of diseases and infections, including meningitis, measles, mumps, polio and rubella, between January 2009 and June 2014, have been contacted and offered new jabs.

So far 99 children have received the new vaccines.

Some parents and carers have contacted a South Yorkshire law firm to discus suing the practice.

Andrew Harrison, a specialist in medical negligence claims with Raleys Solicitors, said the calls could be the ‘tip of the ice berg’.

“Despite reassurances from the authorities that the children have not been harmed by the vaccinations they did receive, parents are obviously concerned,” he said.

“After the first call we thought it was a one-off, but within the next 24 hours we were contacted by a number of parents and they themselves are speaking to other affected parents about making their own claims.”

Fiona Jorden, Consultant in Public Health for NHS England in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “NHS England is committed to commissioning high-quality primary care services for patients and our priority remains to ensure that all patients affected by the recall have the opportunity to receive fresh vaccinations.”