Tuberculosis

Health written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the incidence of tuberculosis in the UK.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In 2012 in the United Kingdom a total of 8,751 cases of tuberculosis (TB) were reported. After two decades of rising TB rates in the UK, the incidence has stabilised over the past seven years. TB treatment completion rates have steadily improved to 83% for patients completing treatment in 2012. Certain sub-groups, such as new migrants, ethnic minority groups and those with social risk factors have particularly high rates.

Public Health England is leading a national oversight group for TB, which brings together partners from the Department, NHS England, local government, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, clinicians, British Thoracic Society, academia and TB Alert to develop its strategy for TB to be published in March 2014.

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