A Gloucestershire MP is calling for a vaccination against a potentially deadly form of meningitis to be available on the NHS.
Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has told Parliament that the Bexsero vaccine for Menengitis B was licensed last year, but was turned down by an NHS committee because it is not considered cost-effective.
He received a petition from Gloucestershire grandparents, who lost their 19-year-old grand-daughter to the disease.
A man who's campaigned for 30 years about meningitis and raised millions of pounds for research will be awarded an honorary degree at the University of Bristol today.
Steve Dayman lost his baby son Spencer to the illness. This afternoon, former nurse and equal rights campaigner Princess Campbell - who was the first black ward sister in Bristol - will also be honoured.
A Gloucestershire MP has called for a vaccination against a potentially deadly form of meningitis to be available on the NHS.
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Conservative MP for The Cotswolds, told Parliament the Bexsero vaccine was licensed last year against Meningitis B, but turned down by an NHS committee because it is not considered cost-effective.
The MP is campaigning on behalf of his constituents, Dr and Mrs Turner, whose 19 year old granddaughter Emily Styles, died from the disease on New Year's Day.
Doctors are trialling a new vaccine that could protect children against meningitis B. Until recently there has been no way of preventing this particular strain, which is highly aggressive and can be fatal.
Nearly 2,000 people contract the infection every year - many are babies and young children. The trials are currently taking place in four cities - including Bristol.
Watch Andrew Pate's report and an interview with Chris Head, the Chief Executive of the Thornbury-based Meningitis Research Foundation here:
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