Tuberculosis

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-09-11
Session date: 
September 11, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3265
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to figures from Public Health England (PHE), London has the worst rates for tuberculosis in Western Europe. Given your role in addressing health inequalities across London, how do you plan to take control of this public health emergency and reduce the level of TB in years to come?

Answer

Answer for Tuberculosis

Answer for Tuberculosis

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor Controlling the spread of TB remains a public health priority for London. Public Health England will be working with key partners to make concerted efforts to significantly reduce the level of TB in London in the coming years. I understand that this will include:

• Co-ordinating the commissioning of screening services to identify latent TB including good access to screening and diagnostic services for people from 'high-incidence' countries.

• Initiatives to tackle TB amongst hard-to-reach, high risk groups including homeless people and those misusing drugs and alcohol.