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2 years 11 months ago
First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and the leaders of the two main opposition parties in Scotland have issued statements to mark World Hepatitis Day 2017, reiterating the cross-party support for eliminating hepatitis C. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, said:
2 years 11 months ago
The Hepatitis C Trust is marking World Hepatitis Day by announcing the formation of a cross-party group of supporters within the Welsh Assembly. The six Assembly Champions are committed to the elimination of hepatitis C and will work to ensure that the issue stays firmly on the political agenda. Working closely with The Hepatitis C Trust, patients and relevant experts, the Assembly Champions will seek to represent the best interests of people with hepatitis C in Wales. The Assembly Champions are:
2 years 11 months ago
Here's some of the events taking place around the country to mark World Hepatitis Day: Carlisle - Unity, Drug and Alcohol Service will be raising awareness on the day. Coventry - Addaction will be running a hepatitis C awareness afternoon on 27th July. Cumberland - Hepatology nurses at Cumberland Infirmary will be raising awareness at the hospital and also at drug services throughout the area.
2 years 11 months ago
The Hepatitis C Trust, along with a number of other charities and campaigning organisations, received an invitation to attend a meeting this morning with the Department of Health to discuss the recently announced inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, but did not attend.
3 years 4 hours ago
The Hepatitis C Trust wholeheartedly welcomes this week’s announcement of an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, which led to patients contracting hepatitis C and HIV. Over 5,000 people were affected by the scandal, and an estimated 2,400 people died after receiving infected blood. Despite questions having been raised over many years about the causes and handling of the scandal, there has been no official Government inquiry.
3 years 3 days ago
Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced the establishment of an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, which led to patients contracting hepatitis C and HIV. The inquiry announcement follows the publication of a letter by the Westminster leaders of six opposition parties, in which they called for the Prime Minister to launch an investigation into alleged criminal conduct linked to the scandal.
3 years 3 days ago
Leaders of six opposition parties have joined together in calling for an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, which led to patients contracting hepatitis C and HIV. At least 2,400 people are estimated to have died after receiving contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. 
3 years 3 weeks ago
The Hepatitis C Trust is delighted to confirm the programme for this year's Patient Conference, which is being held in London on 28th July to coincide with World Hepatitis Day. Speakers will include Professor Graham Foster (Professor of Hepatology, Queen Mary University), Sam May (Head of Support Services, The Hepatitis C Trust), and Dr Magdalena Harris (Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), and there will also be an opportunity to share personal stories about the impact of hepatitis C.
3 years 4 weeks ago
Hepatitis C was the subject of a debate in the Welsh Assembly this afternoon (Wednesday 14th June), led by a cross-party group of Assembly Members (AMs). The debate was on a motion which proposed that the Assembly: "1) Congratulates the staff in the NHS in Wales for treating and curing an unprecedented number of patients with hepatitis C. 2) Calls on the Welsh Government to confirm their commitment to the World Health Organisation eradication date of 2030.
3 years 1 month ago
In recent days there has been media coverage of a new study that casts doubt upon the effectiveness of new hepatitis C treatments. Given the potential that the coverage of this study has to mislead patients, The Hepatitis C Trust wishes to make clear that we have fundamental doubts as to the credibility of the research. Along with leading clinicians and scientists, we have written to The Guardian to express our concern. The letter states: