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    Health and Safety News

    Government ‘delaying access to compensation’ for swine flu vaccine

    By Jonathan Brown on March 19, 2017

    Government ‘delaying access to compensation’ for swine flu vaccine

    A mother is fighting for compensation after her son allegedly suffered life-changing effects after having a swine flu injection.

    Sam Forbes, 11, from Batley, West Yorkshire, was just four-years-old when he had the vaccine. It has left him suffering from narcolepsy and a host of neurological conditions, his mum Di Forbes claims.

    Ms Forbes, 50, says Sam takes around 15 naps every day and chronic suffering has led to the youngster trying to commit suicide multiple times.

    Speaking to the Press Association, Ms Forbes said: “This wasn’t our little boy, who ran around playing any more. This wasn’t our little boy.

    “It’s not something that is easily recognised. People don’t know. Everything from schools to the GP is not easy.”

    A pandemic

    More than six million people were inoculated during the 2009-10 swine flu pandemic.

    In 2011, the Government stopped vaccinating children with Pandemrix – manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline – after evidence suggested there was a link to narcolepsy.

    Under the Government’s Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme, families are entitled to £120,000 if they can prove that a ”severe” disability exists.

    However, there has yet to be any definitive acceptance the swine flu injection is the absolute cause of the neurological disorder and legal proceedings are ongoing.

    Ms Forbes says her compensation under the scheme has been rejected as her son was not deemed to be severely disabled, even though he will need life-long support and she has been forced to close her engineering business to care for him.

    Health minister Nicola Blackwood says she is “deeply concerned” about the issue, however, she said it would be “inappropriate” for her to interfere in the legal process surrounding the swine flu jab.

    Speaking during a parliamentary debate, she said: “It is important to be clear that the VDPS was not designed to be a compensation scheme; there is no assessment of what losses were actually suffered. Someone who wishes to seek compensation needs to pursue a claim against the vaccine’s manufacturer.

    “There are ongoing personal injury claims in this case, and it is important that those proceed without interference as well.”

    Source: NW Evening Mail

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    Date Published: March 19, 2017

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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