TV presenter Dr Christian Jessen backs the calls and said it is important to give the jab to boys when they are 12 or 13 – before they are sexually active.'The vaccine will not work effectively if a person has already been infected by HPV,' he previously told Mail Online.Police chiefs fear they will be hit with a £400 million bill for a disastrous Government project to replace their crucial radio systems.Incredibly, the technology does not even exist to operate the new generation of radios in police helicopters, while hundreds of extra phone masts must be built before the network can be used in rural areas.Police leaders fear these unresolved problems will push the start date for the Emergency Services Network (ESN) back again, leaving them with a huge bill for keeping the existing Airwave radio system switched on as they pay for the development of its replacement.And while most infections disappear on their own, without even displaying symptoms, some strains can lead to cancer, notably cervical, which in around 90 per cent of cases is caused by HPV.It is also linked to penile, anal, throat, head and neck cancer, as well as genital warts.Secret documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday show that senior officers have been privately warned that further delays to the overdue scheme could cost them the equivalent of the annual pay and training costs for 8,000 constables.The £4 billion upgrade to emergency services communications is already years behind schedule, and there are growing concerns that critical elements of it cannot work.
One recent letter sent by Police and Crime Commissioners in Yorkshire to Policing Minister Nick Hurd states: ‘The concern is that there will be pressure for the service to agree to start transition before everything is ready, in order to save money. We seek reassurance that any increased costs as a result of delays will not fall locally to PCCs.’The idea behind ESN is to give police and firefighters the ability to share photos and videos of incidents on new digital handsets.But the scale of the plan, and the fact it has never been tried anywhere in the world, means its introduction has already been pushed back repeatedly.Earlier this year, the Home Office admitted the transition period would have to continue until September 2020, nine months after the expected ‘national shutdown date’ for Airwave.'But of course, this reliance on herd immunity doesn’t provide optimal benefit for boys who go onto have sex with other men in adulthood.' JCVI said its final decision would be made after further consultations.Mr Armstrong said that only a gender neutral vaccination programme can control the rise of HPV, and that parents should not be forced to reach into their own pockets to protect their sons.'While there are some additional population level health benefits to both males and females by extending the programme to boys, impact and cost-effectiveness modelling indicates that adding boys is highly unlikely to be cost-effective in the UK.' But experts have pointed out a weakness in the JCVI's herd protection argument.