- Sidney Morning Herald -
THE Federal Government's plan to immunise the population against swine flu is in chaos because insurers may not cover doctors who administer the jab.
Inadequate testing and the possibility of spreading other infections means there is too high a risk patients will sue, the insurers say.
Despite weeks of crisis talks, the Government has refused to underwrite doctors' liability for the vaccinations and medical groups say the program - due to start as early as mid-September - cannot proceed unless doctors are insured.
The president of the Australian Medical Association, Andrew Pesce, said: ''The indemnity issue needs to be sorted out or else the vaccination program won't go ahead … In the environment we're in, someone has to be held accountable for rare vaccine reactions that may occur …
''If the Government decides there is a priority need to roll out the vaccine, then it has a duty to indemnify the doctors who provide it.''
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