>Scotland on Sunday has this report outlining how young women who have left school are set to be denied access to the HPV vaccine which prevents the virus which causes cervical cancer becuase of a funding row between GP surgeries and the Scottish Government.
There seems to be a fair amount of rancour between Nicola Sturgeon’s Health and Wellbeing Department and GPs at the moment – they are also fighting about plans to extend GP opening hours.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of this, it needs sorting and soon. We are all being reminded on a daily basis of what can happen if cervical cancer goes undetected and untreated as we watch Jade Goody’s sad decline. It would be irreponsible not to ensure that a vaccine which can prevent that disease at not that much cost is not available to women at most risk.
It is important that these young women are not the victims of a war of attrition between Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison and the GPs.