Tonight's program reports a sharp rise of the incidence of TB in Ireland again, with the multi-drug resistant strains in evidence.
The State Closed down its last TB Hospital in 2006 and now only has 3 dedicated beds for TB Treatment.
A group of North Dublin GPs who are concerned imported a mobile screening unit and medical team from the UK to conduct screening in Dublin. They found 3 infected persons in one test group of 120 vulnerable people.
A second test group revealed 3 infected persons from 8 persons tested.
Experts commenting on the results deem these results to be very significant. They believe there is a significant risk of the disease, spreading to the wider population, and are concerned necessary resources are not in place to deal with an epidemic.
The HSE has failed to replace the National TB Hospital despite a commitment given to do so in 2006.
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