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HIV and genitourinary medicine (GUM) services were integrated, sharing staff and resources.

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As part of NHS reorganisation, sexual healthcare became the responsibility of local authorities, while HIV care remains within the NHS.
The British HIV Association says many specialists feel the split has worsened patient care, and worry the situation will deteriorate even further.
The government said the NHS and local authorities should work together.


A survey by BHIVA, released to mark World Aids Day, found a third of the 100 HIV specialists questioned thought care for people with HIV was poorer since the reorganisation in April this year.
And two-thirds thought care was set to deteriorate further.

In the past, HIV and genitourinary medicine (GUM) services were integrated, sharing staff and resources.

But the reorganisation transferred responsibilities for tackling public health issues such as obesity, smoking prevention and sexual health - but not HIV care - to local councils.

Source BBC.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25151234

 

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