Hepatitis C action plan for Scotland: Phase II (May 2008 - March 2011)

D.J. Goldberg, G. Brown, S.J. Hutchinson, J. Dillon, A. Taylor, G. Howie, S. Ahmed, K. Roy, M. King

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Abstract

In 2004, the Scottish Government recognised that “Hepatitis C is one of the most serious and significant public health risks of our generation” [1] . By December 2006, Health Protection Scotland (HPS) estimated that 50,000 people in Scotland had been infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and that 38,000 were chronic carriers (Figure 1) [2]. Following an extensive consultation in 2005, the Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer launched Scotland’s ‘Action Plan for Hepatitis C’ in September 2006 [3].
Its aims are:
•To prevent the spread of hepatitis C, particularly among intravenous drug users (IDUs);
•To diagnose hepatitis C-infected people, particularly those who would most benefit from treatment; and
•To ensure that those infected receive optimal treatment, care and support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume13
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Keywords

  • hepatitis C
  • Scotland
  • intravenous drug users

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