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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Immigration blamed for soaring TB in Birmingham


More beneifts of third world immigration.

If I hear one more 'talking head' or ignorant Liberal says "immigration is what makes Brtitain special"....

The Birmingham Mail reports - IMMIGRATION has been blamed by the Government for soaring tuberculosis (TB) rates in Birmingham and major cities.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said the 30-year high was due to a major influx of infected people from countries where TB is rife.

Under health reforms, local councils working as public health authorities will play a major role in dealing with the problem.

But Labour MP Gisella Stuart (Edgbaston) has criticised the Government’s plans as Prime Minister David Cameron said that, despite councils having more control, they would not be able to re-introduce TB jabs in schools but follow national rulings.

TB outbreaks in inner city Birmingham as high as third world countries.

In Handsworth and Aston, rates are over 140 cases per 100,000 with anything above 40 per 100,000 viewed as a dangerous level.

Mr Lansley said: “Treatment services for patients will be commissioned through GP consortia but the identification and preventative work is a public health responsibility.

“Many of these local authorities in Birmingham or Manchester or Leeds will be well placed as cities to respond to any incidences of TB or outbreaks of TB on a preventative basis using their powers as public health authorities.”

Councillors and parents have come together in Birmingham to call for TB jabs in schools city-wide due to a surge in the lung disease.

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