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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07161: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made in delivering a treatment pathway for people with hepatitis C.

Answered by: Shona Robison 2 March 2017

Through substantial financial investment and the implementation of successive strategies to improve diagnosis and treatment pathways, Scotland has achieved one of the most effective whole-system approaches to Hepatitis C in the world.

The success of our approach is demonstrated by the decline in Hepatitis C Virus-related liver failure in Scotland from 156 cases in 2014 to 121 in 2015, a 22% reduction. If this trend continues, the Scottish Government is on track to achieve its strategic goal to reduce such disease presentation by 75% by 2020.