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Life insurance comparison site – – calls for greater backing of mobile TB treatment units in London


Money saving website – – is calling for greater backing of mobile TB treatment units that help care for homeless people in and around London.

Health ministers announced today that funding is still being sought and is due to run out in December despite the unit successfully diagnosing 400 cases of Tuberculosis across the city.

In order to keep the unit running, a number of primary care trusts in London must each club together a small amount of money. The trusts have yet to co-operate on the matter.

A spokesperson for highlighted the importance of the service: “Medical care is something we can often take for granted, especially when you’re covered by health and life insurance. It’s up to specialist facilities such as the mobile TB unit not only to seek out and eradicate this potentially deadly disease but also to maintain the well being of one of society’s most vulnerable groups.”

When the unit began operating in 2005, London had twenty times the rate of the lung disease than anywhere else in the UK while 50 people were becoming infected every week. The unit currently tests 300 people a day and can produce a diagnosis within 30 seconds.

Although the services of the unit focus primarily on those at high risk within excluded groups, emphasised that the disease does not just affect the socially excluded.

“The mobile TB unit has enjoyed great success by treating many different people including London’s homeless communities. It’s worth remembering however that this is a disease that can affect anyone; regardless of race, gender, upbringing or age.

Prevention is always better than cure so alerting those at risk from TB or treating the disease early is vital; something that the unit has so far proved invaluable in doing.”

Ministers are hoping that continued pressure from the House of Lords will help persuade the London primary care trusts to allocate the funding needed for the mobile unit to remain operational.

About QuoteBoffin: is an online insurance comparison website offering life insurance comparison tools that allow users to search the market and procure the best life insurance policies and quotes. was launched in February 2010 and is a trading style of David and Co Consultants Limited.


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