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Tuberculosis: Health Services

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to assist hard to reach groups, including those from black and minority ethnic communities and people who are homeless, to access medical services for the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis. (323420)

The Department is funding a United Kingdom charity, TB Alert, to provide awareness raising messages for groups vulnerable to tuberculosis (TB), including black and minority ethnic communities, to increase referrals for TB testing and treatment.

The Department also funds the Find & Treat (F&T) programme in London, to work alongside local TB services. The F&T team are providing support to homeless people in accessing medical services for the prevention and treatment of TB. F&T have provided help to over 400 people with TB to complete their treatment.