PCTs' failings on TB uncovered by MPs

Most PCTs in England have no strategy in place for tackling TB in their area, including those with a high prevalence of the disease, a group of MPs has warned.

The number of PCTs screening high-risk groups for TB has fallen since the last survey in 2007
The number of PCTs screening high-risk groups for TB has fallen since the last survey in 2007

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB found that 60% of PCTs do not have a TB strategy.

In addition, around 20% of those serving areas with more than 40 new cases for every 100,000 people have no such strategy.

The MPs said that all PCTs should have a ‘coherent, locally relevant' strategy on TB in place.

The group also found that the number of PCTs screening high-risk groups has fallen since it surveyed PCTs in 2007. It has called on the UK government to carry out an evaluation of programmes for screening at-risk groups, such as settled migrants.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB worked with the British Thoracic Society, Royal College Nursing (RCN) and TB Alert to develop and conduct the survey.

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