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Doctor in Barnsley is handed extra training – after giving hundreds of children wrong vaccination

A doctor in Barnsley has been severely reprimanded – after hundreds of children were given the wrong vaccines.

The incorrect vaccines were given to 221 children by the local GP – as a single jab instead of separate vaccinations.

Re-vaccinations are now being offered to all the children affected who were given jabs between January 2009 and April this year.

The jabs were supposed to protect the children against diptheria, whooping cough, polio, tetanus, hib and measles, mumps and rubella.

The blunder was only brought to the attention of Barnsley NHS public health team in April.

Meanwhile, the doctor involved has been required to undertake extra training and participate in a mentoring programme.

Every child’s medical records from the practice was looked at, including every vaccination they received, and the children who were given the wrong vaccines were duly identified.

Dr Ken McDonald, the medical director at NHS Barnsley, has written to all the parents offering reassurance and re-vaccination.