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Monkeypox 'Will Become Endemic' In UK Without More Action, Health Secretary Warned

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The NHS is expanding its rollout in London as monkeypox cases continue to increase in the capital. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

LGBT groups from across the political spectrum have joined forces to demand the Government increase efforts to combat monkeypox or risk it becoming “endemic” in the UK.

The US on Thursday declared a public health emergency over the virus – which in the majority of the cases seen so far affects gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) – which followed the World Health Organisation last month calling it a global emergency.

UK health authorities have urged calm, but now those inside Westminster have called on Health Secretary Steve Barclay to take action due to monkeypox “causing real fear and anxiety” within the queer communities.

“We are united as LGBT groups from across political parties in asking that the Government treat the monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency,” a letter to Mr Barclay signed by the LGBT groups for the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Greens and Scottish National........

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