Date lodged: 11 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that Scotland is able to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 and by what date it expects to have eliminated it.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 27 July 2016
The Scottish Government has regular discussions with NHS boards through the Scottish Health Protection Network’s Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Programme. A number of the framework sub-groups, which meet regularly, are involved in action relevant to this aspiration, including the prevention, diagnoses, testing and treatment, and information and data. On 28 May 2016 the World Health Assembly adopted the first ever Global Viral Hepatitis Strategy and made a commitment to the elimination of viral hepatitis as a major public health threat by 2030. The Scottish Government supports this international commitment and is working towards elimination by 2030.