Tackling tuberculosis in London (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0635
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

With reference to your answer to 2013/3265 what are you doing to tackle tuberculosis amongst hard-to-reach, high risks groups, such as the homeless, either through the London Health Board or in conjunction with Public Health England in London?

Answer

Answer for Tackling tuberculosis in London (2)

Answer for Tackling tuberculosis in London (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My statutory health advisor Dr Yvonne Doyle is leading the London TB Control Board which was established to strengthen measures to prevent, diagnose and treat TB, including amongst hard-to-reach groups.  This board contains representation from all agencies involved in TB prevention and control and I am pleased that the board and its constituent groups have already written and agreed TB commissioning intentions for Clinical Commissioning Groups and a London TB service specification, which has been accepted for use in commissioning services in 2014 - 2015.

Additionally Public Health England has made tuberculosis control a priority and is leading a coalition of stakeholders to reduce the incidence of TB.  I have been advised that this includes collecting and publishing information on social risk factors and furthering the National Institute of Clinical Excellence's guidance on tackling TB amongst hard to reach groups.