Tuberculosis in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2609
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Figures show that Newham is the "TB capital" of the country with rates eight times the national average, at 113 cases per 100,000 residents. What steps could be taken to reduce the number of cases of tuberculosis disproportionately affecting Newham to help reduce health inequalities?

Answer

Answer for Tuberculosis in London

Answer for Tuberculosis in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London TB Control Board was created by Public Health England in response to this significant public health issue. The Board is overseeing a range of measures to prevent, control and treat TB.

In Newham, and London as a whole, the emphasis is on prompt identification of active cases of TB, supporting patients successfully to complete treatment, and preventing the occurrence of new cases of disease. The latter being achieved through rigorous contact tracing and highly targeted case finding and prevention, including a latent TB programme.