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S5W-08154: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-06547 by Shona Robison on 6 February 2017, by what date it will announce the national target for the treatment of hepatitis C in 2017-18, and for what reason it is not setting individual targets for NHS boards.

Answered by: Shona Robison 22 March 2017

The national target for hepatitis C treatment in 2017-18 will be 1800. This has increased by 300 from the previous target for 2016-17.

The incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C varies across Scotland, as does the distribution of genotypes of the disease, which can influence treatment options and cure rates. This means the scale and nature of hepatitis C infection in different Boards can necessitate a different response. Targets for each NHS Board are therefore not appropriate and the Government is focussed on whole population approaches to hepatitis C. The annual hepatitis C treatment target is, therefore, only set as a national minimum target for the whole of Scotland.