SHAs failing on hepatitis C treatment

SHAs are ignoring government and NICE guidance on hepatitis C, figures published by the Hepatitis C Trust reveal.

Hep C
Hep C

The charity is calling on the government to appoint a liver czar.

Around 70% of SHAs are not overseeing implementation of the government's strategy to tackle hepatitis C infection, the charity has found.

In addition, only 29% of patients diagnosed with hepatitis C are treated, whereas NICE recommends that 60% should be.

Charles Gore, chief executive of the Hepatitis C Trust, said that the findings pointed to ‘failure at every level in addressing hepatitis C'.

‘SHAs, PCTs and all relevant NHS bodies must be held accountable to avoid dire consequences,' he said.

‘Time has run out and the government need to show leadership and take control now. It is time to prioritise liver disease; it is time for a liver strategy; and it is time for a liver czar.'

tom.moberly@haymarket.com


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