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9 months 6 days ago
The Government has today released a written statement on the contaminated blood inquiry, following Cabinet Office analysis of consultation responses. The statement announces that a judge will be appointed to Chair the inquiry, supported by a panel. An announcement on who that judge will be is promised "in the New Year". Once a Chair is in place, they will also be consulted on the composition of the inquiry panel.
9 months 1 week ago
The Hepatitis C Trust, including the helpline, will close for Christmas at 4.30pm on Friday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 8th January 2018. The office will be unstaffed between these dates. We wish all of our contacts a Merry Christmas and look forward to continuing to provide support and information in the New Year.
9 months 1 week ago
Over the last few years, The Hepatitis C Trust has heard of many hepatitis C support groups around the UK closing down. During the last 6 months in particular, we have also seen attendance at our groups decline greatly. Whilst this is positive and reflects that with the advent of new treatments many people are  finding their journey with hepatitis C much easier to navigate and manage, it is also with a mixture of sadness that - after 13 years of running a wide variety of different groups here at The Trust - we have taken the decision to close ours, at least for the near future.
9 months 3 weeks ago
This week, HCV Action is co-ordinating a hepatitis C ‘action week’ in Cardiff, aimed at raising awareness of the virus in the Cardiff region and sharing best practice from across Wales. The event is the third and final action week of 2017, following similar event series hosted in Cambridge in May and Leeds in September.
10 months 2 weeks ago
Co-ordinated by The Hepatitis C Trust, the Hepatitis C Parliamentary Champions are made up of a cross-party selection of MSPs with the aim of ensuring that hepatitis C stays firmly on the political agenda in Scotland. By working together with The Hepatitis C Trust, the Champions ensure that the best interests of people with hepatitis C in Scotland are represented in the Scottish Parliament.
10 months 3 weeks ago
In a written ministerial statement, the Government has today announced that responsibility for setting up the contaminated blood inquiry will transfer from the Department of Health to the Cabinet Office. The Cabinet Office also confirmed that this will be a full statutory public inquiry, under the 2005 Inquiries Act. 
10 months 3 weeks ago
New data on hepatitis C released by the Polaris Observatory, and presented at the World Hepatitis Summit in São Paulo, show that just nine countries are on track to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) target of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030, with the UK not among them. The latest data from the Polaris Observatory (led by Dr Homie Razavi and colleagues at the Center for Disease Analysis Foundation, USA) show that just 62,200 (38%) of an estimated 162,000 people living with hepatitis C in the UK are diagnosed.
10 months 3 weeks ago
HCV Action (coordinated by The Hepatitis C Trust) has announced the latest Hepatitis C Good Practice Roadshow, taking place in Cardiff on Friday 8th December 2017 in partnership with Public Health Wales. The event is the third and final roadshow HCV Action has co-hosted this year.
11 months 1 week ago
There is one week remaining to submit written evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Liver Health's inquiry into the elimination of hepatitis C in England, with the deadline set for Friday 27th October. The APPG on Liver Health, which The Hepatitis C Trust provides the secretariat for, this week held its third and final oral evidence session as part of the inquiry. Over the course of the three evidence sessions, the inquiry heard from a range of expert witnesses, including representatives from Government, third sector organisations, clinicians, patients and industry.
1 year 2 days ago
If you are living with hepatitis C, protect yourself with a free flu vaccine provided as part of the NHS’s ‘Stay Well this Winter’ campaign. For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with a short recovery. However, people with an underlying health condition are far more likely than a healthy adult to be admitted to hospital with complications, and are 11 times more likely to die from the flu than individuals who have no other underlying health condition.

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