Date lodged: 12 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS boards regarding the provision of hepatitis C treatment in prisons.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 3 May 2017
The Scottish Government engages in regular discussions with NHS Boards regarding the provision of hepatitis C treatment to all parts of the population, including prisoners, through the Hepatitis Clinicians, Coordinator and Executive Lead groups in the Scottish Health Protection Network. The provision of hepatitis C treatment, including to prisoners, is a priority for the Scottish Government and the number of people accessing treatment has increased significantly since the introduction of the Hepatitis C Action Plan 2008, and as a result of successive policies.