Tuberculosis

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 7th December 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Secretary of State for Health 2:30 pm, 7th December 2010

We can do a number of things. For example, the Department has funded TB Alert, which is the UK's national TB charity, to raise awareness of TB among public and primary health care professionals, which will help. In London, we have supported a find-and-treat outreach service. In a similar vein, that could happen in cities where there is a rising prevalence of TB. TB is not general across the country, but likely to occur in particular areas. Those kind of initiatives enable us to identify TB outbreaks, and we can then structure services around that.

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John Hayward
Posted on 8 Dec 2010 4:52 pm (Report this annotation)

The FIND and TREAT service is funded by DH only until the end of March 2011.

No decision has yet been made by commissioners whether or not to pick the funding up after that date.

The delay, is unhelpful for a number of reasons; amongst them is the risk that existing Find and Treat staff will leave since their employment in four months time may well come to an end.

Dr John Hayward
Independent Consultant in Public Health and former Director of Public Health, Newham.