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HIV prevention programme 'failing'

17th January 2012

A report has drawn attention to the "significant management failings" of the pan London commissioning group.

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The Pan London HIV Prevention Programme Needs Assessment report found a "lack of strategy" from the group.

The number of people looking for treatment in London is increasing by 5% every year and it costs over £500 million in London annually for 30,000 people.

More than a quarter of people with HIV in London have not been diagnosed and 46% are men who have sex with other men. 

HIV prevention charity African Health Policy Network (AHPN) chief Francis Kaikumba said he was "shocked, annoyed and heads need to roll" after hearing about the report.

Caspar Thomson, director of the National Aids Manual, which offers data about HIV and Aids, said: "The whole process is moving too slowly. There's an urgent need to address HIV prevention in London."

However, Mark Creelman, director of strategy at Inner North West London Primary Care Trusts (INWL PCTs), which leads the pan London HIV commissioning group, said: "We are working to ensure the programme has the right leadership and the right governance in place to be as effective as possible."  

The report said it found "significant failings with the management of the programme" and added that "providers have fallen far short of their activity targets".

 

 

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