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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06547: Briggs, Miles (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the target for the treatment of hepatitis C is for 2017-18, also broken down by the target for each NHS board, and how much it will make available to (a) the NHS and (b) each board to help achieve this.

Answered by: Shona Robison 6 February 2017

The National target for 2017-18 has not yet been finalised. NHS Boards will be advised of the target for 2017-18 before the start of the new financial year.

The hepatitis C treatment target is a national minimum target for the whole of Scotland and there are no local NHS Board targets. The incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C 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 and targets for each NHS Boards are not appropriate.

Funding for the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework is now included in the £161m Outcomes Framework budget. Boards have flexibility to allocate funding from that budget towards hepatitis C treatment appropriate to their local needs