Red tape cut for doctors helping with Covid-19 vaccinations

  • Date: 12 January 2021

A SERIES of "unnecessary training modules" have been removed from the requirements for doctors returning to practice to help with Covid-19 vaccinations.

The secretary of state for health and social care Matt Hancock announced this in a recent speech at the Royal College of Physicians London.

RCP president Professor Andrew Goddard had highlight frustration among College fellows offering to become vaccinators, citing how the evidence of learning required to qualify was substantial, with doctors potentially having to do over 30 learning modules.

Speaking at the RCP Medicine 2021 conference, Mr Hancock said: "We have already this week removed a series of unnecessary training modules and made some only applicable based on a local clinical discussion.

"There is a broader point here. What is the goal we are trying to achieve and how do we best achieve it? In this case it is safe vaccinations. The safe bit means you need to do training in order to do the vaccination. But you don’t need to do fire safety again in order to be a vaccinator, you really don’t need to do terrorism training."

The RCP London has pledged to monitor the situation and let the secretary of state know if doctors continue to experience barriers to helping.

It is asking physicians to contact if experiencing significant barriers in taking part in the vaccination programme.

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