Cervical cancer jab given ‘without consent’ by nanny state
Parental consent is not required for the Cervarix vaccination, which is being administered to 300,000 girls in an attempt to cut down incidents of the fatal disease.
But girls are supposed to give consent themselves before being given the jab and Debbie Jones, from Orkney, claims her daughter did not do so.
The vaccine counters the effects of the human papilloma virus, which is transmitted through sexual contact later in life, but some parents and religious groups have argued that the life saving injection encourages promiscuity.
Mrs Jones, a Christian, said: “We all discussed it at length as a family. I just didn’t feel comfortable with it. I told my daughter that if she really wanted it, she could have it, but she agreed with me.
“I couldn’t believe it when she came home and said they’d given it to her anyway. She didn’t say yes or no because she was never directly asked. They talked to her then just gave it to her.”
Mrs Jones says she believes her daughter should not have the injection because she is too young and suffers from diabetes but health professionals at Stromness Academy went ahead anyway.
Orkney NHS trust said it was launching an investigation.
“We take this complaint extremely seriously and will be investigating fully as a matter of urgency,” a spokesman said. “If there are lessons to be learned they will be incorporated into the vaccination programme in Orkney.”
The jab is to be given to every 12 and 13 year old girl in a programme it is hoped will save 400 lives a year. A catch-up programme will focus on girls aged 14 to 18 over the next two years.