Reversing the tide of the UK tuberculosis epidemic

21 October 2013

A primary-care based screening programme could help tackle TB in the UK according to a comment from Public Health England (PHE) published in The Lancet.

London has the highest rate of TB of any western European capital and the UK will have more TB cases than the USA within two years, if current trends continue.

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Yorkshire Practice Management Conference

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This one day conference has been created by practice managers for practice managers. It takes place on 28 September in Harrogate.

The day will include keynote addresses from local and national figures, as well as case studies and war stories from those who have done significant work in their own practices by managing change and challenge.

Key speakers include Virginia Patania, transformation partner, Jubilee Street Practice, Dr James Kingsland OBE, president of the National Association of Primary Care and Dr Tracey Vell, chief executive of Manchester LMC and chair of the Association of Greater Manchester LMCs.

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Follow the link for a conference brochure and to book.

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