Lord Condon – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department of Health

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lord Condon on 2014-05-07.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the predicted increase in tick-transmitted diseases such as Lyme disease.

Earl Howe

Public Health England (PHE) and the National Health Service have public information on tick-borne diseases on their websites, and PHE works with patient groups to promote the recognition and prevention of Lyme disease. PHE also provides information for health professionals, and wrote to all general practitioners last spring to alert them to the risks. A new leaflet for the public will be released later this month and advertised through social media sites and the PHE website. National parks and other organisations also offer advice to visitors on avoiding tick bites and awareness of Lyme Disease, and PHE will work with these groups to enhance the information available over the summer season. PHE is also developing national guidance for the management of Lyme disease, and a research programme through the Health Protection Research Unit at Liverpool with NHS partners.