Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Concern over lack of action on TB 'hot spots'

  • Comment

Local NHS services to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in England are improving, but a report has called for more work to be done in key areas

The study reveals that nearly one in five TB ‘hot spot’ areas, and six in 10 areas overall, still don’t have a strategy in place to tackle the disease

Nearly four in 10 primary care trusts in England have no current plan to deal with a TB outbreak.

The report, by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB, the British Thoracic Society, TB Alert and the Royal College of Nursing, was launched as the provisional number of TB cases in England reached 7,998 cases – an increase of 2% on the previous year. 

Separate data, released at the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting, also shows that Manchester has shown a three-fold increase in TB cases since 1996. Other cities and areas with higher rates of TB include London, Leeds, Leicester and West Midlands.

The study analyses the results of a survey of 112 PCTs in England, conducted between August and September 2009. It found that 60% of PCTs reported increased funding to tackle TB over the last three years, and 93% have a senior designated ‘lead’ to tackle TB – nearly double the amount reported in 2007

But the survey also showed some worrying deficiencies in local NHS planning and delivery of TB services, with 60% of PCTS having no current strategy to tackle TB,

The report’s recommended that PCTs, especially those with high rates of TB, have a strategy and a service level agreement in place in tackle the disease. They should also consult with people with TB and ‘at risk’ communities, alongside other local organisations,  in planning and delivering their services.

It also said that PCTs and local authorities should ensure TB is included in their local area agreements and health implementation plans.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.