Research Article

Tempting fate: control of communicable disease in England.

BMJ 1993; 306 doi: (Published 29 May 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;306:1461
  1. J M O'Brien,
  2. S J O'Brien,
  3. A M Geddes,
  4. B J Heap,
  5. R T Mayon-White
  1. East Anglian Regional Health Authority, Chesterton, Cambridge.


    Recent changes in the NHS have left many defects in the systems for the control of communicable diseases and infection and their surveillance and the management of outbreaks. Clear, explicit legislation is needed, placing the responsibilities on health authorities. New teams led by consultants need to be set up to investigate and manage outbreaks of communicable diseases of all types.