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Specialists attack government for not prioritising HIV

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1416
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. London

    A report into the care of patients with HIV infection in the United Kingdom has shown an upturn in the number of patients, with specialist clinics stretched to breaking point. In addition, experts have lambasted the government for failing to prioritise the disease, warning of an impending public health crisis.

    The report, produced jointly by the Terrence Higgins Trust and the British HIV Association, reported an average of 25 patients per HIV clinician. It quoted the Public Health Laboratory Service's figures estimating that more than 33 000 people are living with HIV infection in the United Kingdom and that new diagnoses have nearly doubled, from …

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