Shadow health minister Diane Abbott attacks cuts to HIV funding (will "threaten and marginalise" MSM)

Published: March 29, 2011

Shadow health minister Diane Abbott has claimed that changes to funding for London HIV services will “threaten and marginalise” gay and bisexual people.

Last week, reported that HIV charities in the capital had been told that the NHS primary care trusts (PCTs) which help to fund their work would be slashing their budgets by 43 per cent.

This came after new figures which showed that gay and bisexual HIV diagnoses had risen 70 per cent in the last decade.

Groups including GMFA, Terrence Higgins Trust and PACE were told that although 21 PCTs in London wish to continue the work, only six-month contracts with reduced funding can be offered at present because PCTs are “not able to continue to commit at commensurate financial levels going forward”.

The charities use the funds for a range of HIV prevention initiatives, such as support websites and meetings.

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