Health: Tuberculosis

House of Lords written question – answered on 24 October 2012.

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Photo of Lord Boateng Lord Boateng Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken following the coroner's report on the death of Alina Sarag.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Cluster Director of Public Health for Birmingham and Solihull has responded to the coroner's letter of 6 August, stating that the recommendations have been implemented, that they are monitored through their contracting arrangements with National Health Service providers and reported to the Cluster Clinical Quality Group; and that she is assured that the recommendations are on track. There is a strong focus in the report on enhanced general practitioner (GP) knowledge and awareness, with provision for training and awareness sessions.

The Health Protection Agency has also responded to the coroner's letter of 6 August, highlighting a number of strategic initiatives, which include TB cohort review meetings and action to raise the knowledge and awareness of GPs, other health care workers and people in the most affected communities.

The department recognises the public health importance of tuberculosis (TB) and is currently funding TB Alert, to raise awareness of TB amongst general practitioners and other primary care professionals. TB Alert is developing an online learning module in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners and a training pack for TB nurses to use in running training sessions with primary care professionals.

The department intends to respond to the coroner's letter shortly.

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