A surge in tuberculosis cases threatens to embarrass the UK during the Olympics unless London mayor Boris Johnson supports a campaign against the disease, an NHS leader has claimed.
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The call for Boris Johnson to help comes as new cases in Britain are set to exceed the entire US, which itself faced an epidemic in the 1990s until the mayor of New York took charge and cut the infection rate.
Nick Relph, chair of London TB Commissioning and chief executive of NHS Hounslow, said: “We have got more than 3,000 new cases a year of tuberculosis in London alone. This is a very serious situation that needs strong political leadership to get everyone working together. In three months we will have an action plan that I want the Mayor to back.”
Professor Helen Hally, national director of Race for Health, said: “Tackling TB properly needs firm commitment to challenging race inequality. It demonstrates how dealing with inequality can be the most cost effective way of improving health for everyone.”