Date lodged: 15 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason some NHS boards are treating people who have the hepatitis C virus according to national treatment targets while others are treating within a medicine budget.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 23 November 2016
NHS Boards are responsible for the clinical care of their local population and for making decisions on the use of their allocated budgets. It is for NHS Boards to assess the needs of their local population and deliver services accordingly. In the case of hepatitis C the incidence and prevalence of the disease varies across Scotland as does the distribution of genotypes of the disease. This means the scale and nature of hepatitis C infection in different Boards can necessitate a different response. The treatment target set by Scottish Government is a national target, and this target that has been met or exceeded each year.