Oral Answers to Questions — Health
Andrew Lansley (The Secretary of State for Health; South Cambridgeshire, Conservative)
The treatment services for individual patients will be commissioned through GP consortiums, but the identification and preventive work on TB is a public health responsibility. To that extent, I believe that we will be better placed to deal with it in future. Many local authorities-for example, in Birmingham, Manchester or Leeds-will be well placed as cities to respond to any incidence or outbreaks of TB on a preventive basis, using their powers as public health authorities.