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Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the number of new cases of tuberculosis. (207025)

The Chief Medical Officer’s Action Plan “Stopping Tuberculosis in England” sets out our aim to reduce the risk of people being newly infected with tuberculosis (TB) in England. Copies of this publication are available in the Library. Early detection of cases and completion of treatment are both necessary to reduce the number of new cases. In order to achieve this, the Department has provided guidance and tools to help the national health service commission TB services best suited to local needs, and deliver services according to best practice. The Department is funding complementary work to raise awareness of TB among healthcare professionals and groups within the population at increased risk of TB. In addition, the Department continues to fund and evaluate the effectiveness of specific interventions aimed at improving TB control, and will make the evaluations available to the NHS.