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Trust looked at compulsory flu jabs for staff


A foundation trust considered whether the flu jab could be made compulsory for staff, Nursing Times can reveal.

The board of Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust looked at mandatory jabs last October and went as far as consulting solicitors about the legality of such a scheme.

But the trust eventually dropped the idea after receiving legal advice about potential difficulties in enforcing any compulsory scheme.  

There was concern that forcing staff to be vaccinated – for example, through their contracts, could contravene European human rights legislation.

A trust spokesman told Nursing Times: “The general feeling is that it would not be possible to mandate the flu vaccine. We will continue to encourage all staff to have the flu vaccination for their own protection and that of our patients.”

The aim of the move was to get 60% of the trust’s staff vaccinated following a 2010 take up of just 27%. The trust cannot yet say how many staff took up voluntary flu vaccination in 2011.

National provisional flu uptake figures, published by the Department of Health in November, suggested more healthcare professionals had received the vaccine this winter than in previous years. Around 30% had been vaccinated by that point, compared to 11% for the same time 2010.

Overall just 30% of hospital nurses and midwives had the jab during the 2010-11 flu season.


Readers' comments (15)

  • Oh yeah, what were they planning to do; hold staff down and stab them with a vaccine against their will. Surely that trust has better things to do with it's time than to try and plan idiotic measures like mandatory flu vaccination.

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  • It could only become mandatory if it complied with government and EU laws in my view and even then there would have to be specific rules on which groups in the community it would become compulsory for such, as nurses, otherwise it is illegal, coercive and against human rights.

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  • Sin to Heal Me ?

    It is surprising that they got as far as asking a lawyer !

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  • what a load of Tosh!

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  • Sin to Heal Me ? | 13-Mar-2012 10:48 am

    and wasting more money

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  • tinkerbell

    maybe we could be given it 'covertly'.

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  • vaccination by stealth you mean?

    would this be PC?

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  • How much did consulting the lawers cost?disgusting.

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  • tinkerbell

    Anonymous | 13-Mar-2012 5:54 pm

    well only if offered hidden within a chocolate eclair. My favourite. But as we're not allowed to eat or drink at work, not allowed to take a break, how would the implement it. If they started offering us food and food breaks we'd know something fishy was going on.

    What madness for them to even consider they could enforce it and need to consult solicitors i could have told them 'no' for nowt and told them not to be so silly. Next idiotic idea.

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  • well in a lab I once worked in they were doing research into some effects of pill in baboons. They administered the pill to the baboons by cutting out a piece of a banana and inserting the crushed and well disguised pill into it and replacing the cut out section. Only the baboons were rather more intelligent than the scientists had anticipated and they neatly removed the pill before enjoying the banana!

    If nurses are anywhere as intelligent as these baboons they would probably display similar behaviour!

    I am sure employers will by-pass the lawyers if they want their staff vaccinated and try to introduce it by leading employees to believe it is their policy so those who disagree with being vaccinated should be on their guard.

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