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Hepatitis C

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to reassess its Hepatitis C action plan following the report of the all-party parliamentary hepatology group; and if she will make a statement. (78590)

The results of the all-party parliamentary hepatology group report indicate that progress is being made in implementing the Hepatitis C action plan for England. Around two thirds of the primary care trusts who responded are taking steps to implement the action plan and the majority of national health service hospital trusts did not report significant delays for patients awaiting treatment.

However, the results of the surveys may serve as a useful focus for discussion by local NHS organisations. They are responsible for implementation of the action plan at the local level and are best placed to assess what is needed in their areas, taking account of other priorities.