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15 March 2006

Barrett secures debate on ‘World TB Day’

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has today secured a special parliamentary debate on Tuberculosis (TB) in developing countries.

The debate will take place next Tuesday (21st March), coinciding with ‘World TB day’ on Friday 24th March. Last week, John Barrett also hosted a photographic exhibition in the Houses of Parliament, focusing on the plight of TB sufferers throughout the world and designed to raise awareness of the struggle against the disease.

In a statement, John Barrett, a member of the International Development Select Committee said:

I am delighted to have secured this important and timely debate. This will give MPs a real chance to press ministers on why 5000 people still die from TB every day despite it being both preventable and curable.

“We often think of TB as a disease of the past, affecting only the poorest countries. However, TB is current, serious and is actually on the rise in many countries, including the UK.

“Edinburgh’s own TB pioneer Sir John Crofton demonstrated more than 50 years ago that TB is curable. With a complete course of drugs costing less than £10 per patient, the international community can have no excuses for inaction.

“I look forward to pressing government ministers on this issue in Tuesday’s debate and focusing minds on what we must do to tackle this crucial international issue.”


Notes

· International World TB day will take place on 24th March.

· John Barrett MP will initiate a debate entitled ‘Tuberculosis in the Developing World’ at 11.00am on Tuesday 21st March. A Minister from the Department of International Development will attend to reply on behalf of the Government.

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