Evennett backs TB plans

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has backed proposals that could see all new borns in Bexley receive the BCG vaccination against tuberculosis.

The plans are included in a new consultation document launched by London Health Programmes and outline ways to reduce instances of TB across London. This includes raising awareness of the disease, early identification, speedy treatment, contact tracing, targeted testing and vaccinations for new born children across the Capital.

The consultation comes as statistics show London has one of the worst rates of TB in Britain and Western Europe.

Mr Evennett has taken a keen interest in this issue, having raised concerns in meetings with Bexley Care Trust, visited the specialist TB team at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and writing to the Department of Health, following the cessation of vaccinations for Bexley school children in 2005. He will also be meeting representatives of the London Health Forum later this month to discuss TB.

Mr Evennett said: “I welcome these proposals and hope that Bexley will be part of this programme. I believe that it is vital that all children are vaccinated against tuberculosis especially as reports suggest instances of the disease are rising. Awareness and early identification are also important. I will continue to press hard on this issue”.