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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-03752

National HPV Vaccination Programme

Submitted by: Bill Bowman, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2017

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Alexander Burnett, Finlay Carson, Maurice Corry, John Finnie, Maurice Golden, Alison Harris, Patrick Harvie, Liam Kerr, John Lamont, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Elaine Smith, Liz Smith, Ross Thomson, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle

That the Parliament believes that the public health case for including adolescent boys, as well as girls, in a national (Scottish) HPV vaccination programme is now irrefutable as it is the only certain way of protecting both sexes against a range of cancers and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis; considers that the current girls-only programme is inequitable and unfair as it leaves many males at risk and females to carry the burden of responsibility for vaccination; understands that gender-neutral vaccination has very wide support, including from the 44 member organisations of HPV Action, the BMA, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and the wide range of individual clinicians, scientists and other experts who recently signed an HPV Action statement calling for gender-neutral vaccination; awaits the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's review of this issue, and calls on the Scottish Government to introduce HPV vaccination for both sexes as soon as possible.