Measles, it’s all Blair’s fault!

Well, not quite but he didn’t help the situation.

I chaired the Health & Public Services Committee yesterday and the state of London’s measles vaccinations levels became clear. Not good news, on average we have only got 70% coverage of the under twos, against a national average of 84%, to properly protect against an epidemic we need over 90%.

This could translate onto 10,000 people contracting measles. While measles is not the most dangerous of infections it shouldn’t be ignored, it can cause hospitalisation and is entirely preventable.

The MMR and autism scare story did immunisation levels a lot of harm, it was at this point that politicians should have shown some guts, Tony Blair was particularly weak. Reinforcing the irrational fear of science by refusing to say if he had chosen the triple MMR jab or not undoubtedly reduced the take up rate.

20 responses to “Measles, it’s all Blair’s fault!

  1. You should take a look at what < HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jhtml?xml=/health/2006/07/03/hmmr03.xml" REL="nofollow">Victoria Lambert<> has to say about the media’s role in this James. She’s less certain that the Blairs played the sort of role you suggest.Perhaps even more usefully you could take a look at < HREF="http://www.blacktriangle.org/blog/?cat=39" REL="nofollow">Antony Cox’s blog<> which has been following the media interest in MMR for some time.Otherwise, hope you’re well.

  2. You should take a look at what < HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jhtml?xml=/health/2006/07/03/hmmr03.xml" REL="nofollow">Victoria Lambert<> has to say about the media’s role in this James. She’s less certain that the Blairs played the sort of role you suggest.Perhaps even more usefully you could take a look at < HREF="http://www.blacktriangle.org/blog/?cat=39" REL="nofollow">Antony Cox’s blog<> which has been following the media interest in MMR for some time.Otherwise, hope you’re well.

  3. Of course it is Blair’s fault, he was prime minister and the buck has to stop somewhere.In the same way Thatcher was to blame for Mad Cow disease (both forms) and CJD. By a policy of allowing farmers to feed sheep to pigs. And she destroyed a generation of teeth by stealing the free milk and cutting funding to school dinners.It is up to you James, are we going to have an epidemic of blaming previous prime ministers for destroying the nation’s health?

  4. Of course it is Blair’s fault, he was prime minister and the buck has to stop somewhere.In the same way Thatcher was to blame for Mad Cow disease (both forms) and CJD. By a policy of allowing farmers to feed sheep to pigs. And she destroyed a generation of teeth by stealing the free milk and cutting funding to school dinners.It is up to you James, are we going to have an epidemic of blaming previous prime ministers for destroying the nation’s health?

  5. But the Blairs added fuel to the flames by refusing to say whether Leo had had the triple jab. Seemingly Cherie was saving the revelation for her autobiography.Likewise Ken Livingstone refused to say whether the children from one of his families had received the triple jab.The contrast is between the above and reputable politicians like Yvette Cooper and David Cameron who don’t appear to have any problems in answering reasonable questions about their families.

  6. But the Blairs added fuel to the flames by refusing to say whether Leo had had the triple jab. Seemingly Cherie was saving the revelation for her autobiography.Likewise Ken Livingstone refused to say whether the children from one of his families had received the triple jab.The contrast is between the above and reputable politicians like Yvette Cooper and David Cameron who don’t appear to have any problems in answering reasonable questions about their families.

  7. James,I notice you haven’t commented on the record of a number of Tory MPs over the issue of MMR, especially Julie Kirkbride.If you are going to publish comments about the former Prime Minister why are you so reluctant to comment on the record of Conservative MPs over this issue?

  8. James,I notice you haven’t commented on the record of a number of Tory MPs over the issue of MMR, especially Julie Kirkbride.If you are going to publish comments about the former Prime Minister why are you so reluctant to comment on the record of Conservative MPs over this issue?

  9. Your failure to comment further on this issue in relation to Julie Kirkbride MP says a great deal.

  10. Your failure to comment further on this issue in relation to Julie Kirkbride MP says a great deal.

  11. You still fail to respond to questions about the views and actions of Tory MPs.You attack Blair but fail to comment on the long standing record of Julie Kirkbride.

  12. You still fail to respond to questions about the views and actions of Tory MPs.You attack Blair but fail to comment on the long standing record of Julie Kirkbride.

  13. You still provide no feedback or comments from inquiries relating to the record of Conservative MPs on this issue? You criticise a former Labour PM, but seem unable to comment on the record of a Conservative MP who has spent a large amount of parliamentary time discouring parernts to use MMR.Why comment on an issue if you unable to respond to reasonable comments on an important issue you raise?

  14. You still provide no feedback or comments from inquiries relating to the record of Conservative MPs on this issue? You criticise a former Labour PM, but seem unable to comment on the record of a Conservative MP who has spent a large amount of parliamentary time discouring parernts to use MMR.Why comment on an issue if you unable to respond to reasonable comments on an important issue you raise?

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