Tuberculosis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th April 2019.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the incidence of tuberculosis in the UK.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In 2015, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England published ‘The 2015-2020 Collaborative Tuberculosis Strategy for England’, which sets out 10 areas for action to reduce tuberculosis (TB) incidence, reduce health inequalities and eliminate TB as a public health problem in England.

PHE and NHS England continue to implement these 10 areas for action, which include improving access to services and ensuring early diagnosis, providing universal access to high quality diagnostics, improving treatment and care services, ensuring comprehensive contact tracing, improving BCG vaccination uptake, reducing drug-resistant TB, tackling TB in under-served populations, implementing new entrant latent TB screening, strengthening surveillance and ensuring an appropriate workforce to deliver TB control.

Further information can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/collaborative-tuberculosis-strategy-for-england

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