Case for change: London TB services

Tuberculosis – TB – is a serious infectious disease that many people associate with past times. But since the 1980s, it has been making a comeback in London. In 2010 there were 3,302 new cases of TB in the capital, the highest of any major city in Western Europe. This compares to 2,626 new diagnoses of HIV in London in the same period. Despite the best efforts of health and social care professionals, the disease is now a major public health problem for the capital. This case for change provides a compelling set of arguments for the need to improve the care of people with TB in London. It sets out our understanding of the problem, describing the communities that are most at risk of developing TB, how London compares with elsewhere in the world and what has already been done to tackle the disease.

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Date: 17 March 2014