UK government fails to stem rise in tuberculosis cases

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 29 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:658
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The number of cases of tuberculosis in the United Kingdom continues to rise year on year, with a 2% increase from 2005 to 2006, provisional figures from the Health Protection Agency show.

    Tuberculosis experts have predicted that the incidence of the disease will continue to rise for at least the next five years as many trusts fail to implement the government's plan to control tuberculosis. The plan recommended, among other things, that multidisciplinary tuberculosis networks should be established around the country and that patients suspected of having the disease should be seen by someone from such a team within two weeks of presenting to a doctor.

    Results of a survey by the British Thoracic Society among 54 tuberculosis specialists show that more than three quarters have no more resources, and 10% have fewer resources, to tackle tuberculosis now than they did …

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