Date lodged: 17 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what (a) action it is taking and (b) funding has been allocated to identify people who have hepatitis C but who have not been diagnosed or who are unaware of their infection.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 29 March 2017
The Scottish Government sponsors work, being undertaken by Glasgow Caledonian University and HPS, to assess the cost effectiveness of general population screening for hepatitis C. The results of this assessment will be available by mid-2017. Further, Health Protection Scotland, together with NHS boards, is organising a symposium on hepatitis C case finding in the autumn of 2017. Its aim is to review progress in case finding and current strategy and, if appropriate, to advise the revision of strategy going forward.
The identification of people who have hepatitis C and other blood borne viruses is the task of local Health Boards. Funding and relevant objectives for this case finding are part of the NHS Outcomes Framework allocation for each Board which can be used at its discretion.