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10 months 2 weeks ago
The Hepatitis C Trust has today released its general election manifesto, which sets out the key measures the next Government must take in order to eliminate hepatitis C as a major public health concern by 2030, in line with the UK's international commitment. The manifesto outlines the current hepatitis C policy landscape and focuses on seven key areas where the next Government must take action: prevention; testing; treatment; commissioning; prisons; drug services; and elimination.
10 months 3 weeks ago
The World Health Organisation (WHO) released its first global report on hepatitis this month, calling for countries to work together to tackle viral hepatitis. The report laid out for the first time a picture of viral hepatitis around the world, with WHO estimating that viral hepatitis was responsible for 1.34 million deaths in 2015.
10 months 3 weeks ago
Starting on Monday, HCV Action will be holding a hepatitis C ‘action week’ in Cambridge, aimed at raising awareness of the virus in the region. As part of the action week, HCV Action is running a roadshow event for healthcare professionals, coordinating a visit for a local politician to meet with hepatitis C patients, and raising awareness of the virus in a Cambridge mosque.
10 months 3 weeks ago
The following article was published by SMMGP (the original article can be read here), and was written by Professor Graham Foster, Professor of Hepatology, Queen Mary University of London & National Clinical Chair for Hepatitis ODNs. 
10 months 3 weeks ago
The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard has launched their crowdfunding campaign for their latest project, Art on a Ukulele. Art on a Ukulele is inspired by Mick Rooney RA’s beautifully painted ukulele from the 2016 RA Summer Exhibition, together they will be curating an orchestra of ukuleles, all painted by well known and loved artists. Crowdfunding Campaign – Art on a Plectrum
10 months 4 weeks ago
Former Health Secretary Andy Burnham alleged during a debate in Parliament this week that there was a "criminal cover-up" of the NHS contaminated blood scandal which led to patients contracting hepatitis C and HIV. 
11 months 3 weeks ago
The new Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme is now operational and will begin making payments to beneficiaries this month.  The scheme, managed by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), has taken over this role from the existing UK support schemes as a result of the recommendations made by the independent Scottish Financial Review Group, of which The Hepatitis C Trust were a part, in December 2015. In response to the news of the scheme's official launch, Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP said:
11 months 3 weeks ago
The Welsh Government has announced changes in support for individuals who contracted hepatitis C and HIV through NHS treatment with contaminated blood. Under the new scheme, those already receiving regular payments will see an increase in the amount of money they receive, to include an amount towards additional expenses such as increased winter fuels, treatment (travel/overnight accommodation) and insurance (personal/travel). 
1 year 1 day ago
Public Health England has published its annual report on Hepatitis C in England, providing an overview of progress towards tackling the virus and proposals for future action. The report reveals the formation of a new National Viral Hepatitis Strategy Group, which will provide strategic direction and advice on the national approach to hepatitis C. The group, which will include representation from The Hepatitis C Trust, will be responsible for helping to drive progress towards elimination of the virus. Key findings of the report include:
1 year 1 week ago
The UK Government has launched a consultation seeking views on new proposals for reform to the support provided to people who were infected with hepatitis C via NHS contaminated blood in England.