The government is expected to receive a bill of approximately £60 million, with each of the 60 victims expected to receive about £1 million each. He takes several naps a day, cannot shower or take a bus on his own, and may never be allowed to drive a car. ‘DWP has looked at some vaccine damage payments cases again in light of new information regarding swine flu and narcolepsy provided by the Department for Health. For other enquiries, please use this contact us form. Nationwide vaccinations started in the UK on 21 October 2009, despite the fact that experts at the DH had known since May the flu was milder than first thought. ‘Once this new information was taken into account it was decided, on balance of probability, in some cases that causation was proved.’. In 2016, judges ruled in favour of Josh Hadfield, who received a maximum £120,000 via the Vaccine Damage Payments Act after the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), which administers the scheme, admitted Pandemrix caused Josh’s narcolepsy when he was vaccinated aged 4. She switched jobs to be a district nurse, but the problems got worse. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. In 2014, 23-year-old nursery assistant Katie Clack died after jumping from a multi-storey car park. It wasn’t informed consent.”, In response to this winter’s severe seasonal flu there are increasing calls for NHS staff to face mandatory vaccinations. He said: “NHS staff vaccinated with Pandemrix have been treated pretty disgustingly. Keenan said he felt it was “emotional blackmail”, adding: “We weren’t informed it wasn’t properly trialled.” Best agreed: “It wasn’t that you were asked if you wanted it; you were told this was your appointment.”, Keenan told BuzzFeed News that after he got the Pandemrix jab his life “started to fall apart… By early February , I was having nightmares like you wouldn’t believe and visual hallucinations.”. We didn't mean to scare you: Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance defend their '4,000 deaths a day'... Is the NHS actually QUIETER than usual? So where are my employers now? Some have lost their jobs, dropped out of university or seen their marriages break down as a result.’. Although the DWP has previously admitted causation in the case of Josh Hadfield, it refused to answer questions, saying it would not detail its policy on Pandemrix unless a Freedom of Information Act request was submitted. Narcolepsy UK exists for the benefit, relief and aid of persons suffering from narcolepsy. Since then a number of studies in Europe and the UK have shown the vaccine is linked to an increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adults. Since 2011, the Department of Health has prevented the use of Pandemrix in people under the age of 20. It was a generic consent form.”, She added: “I appreciate at the time they thought people were going to die and they had to act. She said: “I have been forced out of my job because of a faulty drug and a trust who would not help me work around my condition or wait until I was stabilised on my medication. “It will in particular bring welcome relief to those who developed narcolepsy as a result of taking the swine flu vaccination and who have been awaiting payment from the DWP scheme but also has implications for anyone affected by other vaccines covered by the scheme.”. He is very introverted and doesn’t like going out on his own because he is scared of what might happen. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Among them were Hayley Best, an intensive care nurse working in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, and Shane Keenan, a senior emergency nurse practitioner in Oxford, who worked for 35 years in the NHS. The long term neurological condition can cause sleep attacks, daytime sleepiness and, in some cases, cataplexy. The government recently admitted for the first time that the injections can trigger narcolepsy in some cases. Published: 13:18 EST, 30 September 2013 | Updated: 02:46 EST, 1 October 2013. ‘It’s like a rollercoaster of emotions sometimes and at first it was really embarrassing. Senior service bans smoking on board vessels from January. Pandemrix to prevent swine flu.
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