Select Committee on Science and Technology Minutes of Evidence


Supplementary memorandum by Mr Shaun Brogan

REGARDING THE ISSUES RAISED IN PARAGRAPHS 652 AND 653:

  PCTs are accountable for the protection of their populations' health. Before April 2003 the consultants in communicable disease control (CCDC) were part of the PCT organisations, accountable to the PCT Chief Executive through the director of public health. Now the CCDC is employed by the HPA but PCTs are still accountable for health protection. The accountability between the CCDC/HPA and PCTs is channelled through a memorandum of understanding (which is like a service level agreement).

A GENERAL POINT:

  An examination of public health law reveals a conflict between individual human rights and protecting the public health. For example, the drug resistant infectious TB patient who refuses to take his/her treatment and thereby represents a risk to the public. Can we detain this patient until he/she is converted to sputum negative/non-infectious status without falling foul of human rights legislation?


 
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