"We welcome today's report from the Health Select Committee, especially their highlighting of the failure in commissioning PrEP as an example of the new structures in public health causing fragmentation and confusion.
"Given the key role PrEP can play in our continued fight against HIV, we also echo the committee's recommendation that 'the outstanding issue of who is responsible for commissioning PrEP for HIV needs immediate resolution, and we recommend that NHS England and DH [Department of Health] clarify the position without delay.'", Dr Greg Ussher, METRO Charity CEO.
In September, 2014, NHS England announced that PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) would be put through the NHS England specialised commissioning prioritisation process, and it proceeded through this process for 18 months. In March this year NHS England announced that in fact commissioning of HIV prevention services was the responsibility of local authorities rather than NHS England. In response to the considerable concern expressed at this decision, NHS England are now seeking further clarification on the legal position, but the situation has clearly caused confusion and delay, rather than concentrating efforts on the evidence for PrEP and how it can be resourced.
"We know from research undertaken by the GMI Partnership (METRO Charity, Positive East and Spectra) that there is unmet demand for this game-changing prevention tool, meanwhile 17 people a day are being diagnosed with HIV whilst NHS England delay.", Dr Greg Ussher.
Read more on the Public Health Post-2013 report on the Parliament website.
Joan - First Point
Thank you so much for taking time to listen to me and truly understand how I am feeling. This is the only appointment I've had regarding HIV that didnít feel rushed.
Kwasi - Mentoring
During the 6 month programme, I developed a close relationship with my mentor. Knowing that I would have to talk to him honestly about what I did in the previous 2 weeks somehow forced me to be safe every time I had an encounter.
Peter- First Point
I felt so relieved to have a named First Point worker who I can call if I need to be referred to a particular service.
Simon - Mentoring
By discussing things at such an intimate level with my mentor, I really came face to face with some of the reasons why I was taking chances before.
Michael - Counselling
I gained a huge amount of help from the counselling service and would like to thank the service for offering so much support.
Joe - Mentoring
The programme had such an impact on my life that I decided to come on board as a volunteer mentor!
Ebere - First Point
I wish this service was around when I was newly diagnosed. I felt my world had fallen apart around me and I didn't know which way to turn for support. You are offering a very valuable service.
Sarah - Counselling
The help and understanding I experienced from everyone I came into contact with whilst using the Metroís services was amazing.
Abimbola- First Point
It has been a long time since I felt that someone actually listened to me.
David - Counselling
Outstanding people. Outstanding service. Outstanding counselling. Truly something that has allowed me to turn my life around.