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Tuberculosis: Immigrants

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether new entrants at ports of entry with symptoms of tuberculosis are referred to NHS facilities near the port of entry or their intended destination as recommended in Port Health and Medical Inspection Review Report published by the Health Protection Agency in March 2006. (142058)

If the new entrant at a port is identified to have symptoms suggestive of tuberculosis they will be assessed by a medical inspector and will be referred either to an appropriate national health service facility near the port or to an NHS facility at their intended destination, depending on the nature of their symptoms as assessed by the medical inspector.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has carried out a review of the benefits of X-ray screening for tuberculosis at ports as recommended by the Health Protection Agency in Port Health and Medical Inspection Review Report published in March 2006. (142063)

The Health Protection Agency has this matter under review and is now looking in more detail at how screening new migrants for tuberculosis could work in the future.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which ports of entry into the UK undertake tuberculosis screening by X-ray machine; and what arrangements are in place for multi-terminal ports that have only one such machine. (142065)

Only Heathrow and Gatwick airports have on-site X-ray machines. Where necessary, the immigration service makes arrangements for transporting people referred for medical examination between terminals.