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TB toolkit for commissioners

Clinicians given extra support to tackle spread of TB

OnMedica reporters

Monday, 18 June 2007

The Department of Health has launched an online toolkit to help commissioners decide which services they need to tackle tuberculosis.

The kit provides a flexible commissioning framework, recommends models of best practice for delivering services and gives guidance on laboratory services and surveillance.

As part of measures to treat TB, drugs supplied by clinics to treat TB will be free from prescription charges from September 1st, the DH also announced, with the aim of getting patients treated as early as possible so that they are cured and cease to pose a continuing threat to other people.

The new online kit is part of the government's long term action plan on TB, launched in 2004, which aims to reduce TB by lowering the risk of infection to new people.

England's chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, said: "Among the key recommendations in the action plan was the need to ensure well-organised and co-ordinated patient services.

"The toolkit will provide commissioners with a framework to commission effective, high quality TB services to continue to provide improving TB control in England."

It was prepared with the help of three expert working groups, who advised the DH on the best mechanisms to help the NHS implement the 2004 TB Action Plan.

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