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11 months 1 day ago
Rosie Duffield, the MP for Canterbury, visited The Hepatitis C Trust's outreach testing van outside of Catching Lives Day Centre in Canterbury on Friday. Staff and volunteers spoke to Rosie about the challenge of finding those living with an undiagnosed infection of hepatitis C, the impact of living with the virus and the opportunity the new treatments provide to achieve elimination. On the day of Rosie's visit, ten individuals were tested, with two found to be positive and provided with information and support on accessing treatment. 
11 months 1 week ago
The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee has today published a report on ‘Preventative Action and Public Health’, which calls on the Scottish Government to release an elimination plan for hepatitis C.
11 months 1 week ago
The Infected Blood Inquiry team will hold meetings for people affected by infected blood in early 2019, ahead of the public hearings due to commence at the end of April. The meetings are being held to update people on the work of the Inquiry and to provide an opportunity for people to speak to the Inquiry team in a convenient location in their local area.
11 months 1 week ago
The Hepatitis C Trust is recruiting for three Prison Peer Coordinators. Positions are available in three areas of the country - the South East, the South West and the Midlands. The deadline for applications is Friday 23rd November 2018. Further details on the positions, including a job description and application form can be found here.
11 months 2 weeks ago
The UK Parliament’s Health and Social Care Committee has today published a report on ’Prison Health’, which calls for the Government to do more to improve health outcomes for people in prison. The report, which follows an inquiry conducted in the first half of 2018, notes that hepatitis C is more prevalent amongst people in prison compared to the general population, making it a significant prison health issue.
11 months 4 weeks ago
David Lidington CBE MP, the Cabinet Office Minister, has said the Government “will consider” improved financial and psychological support for those affected by the infected blood scandal. In his letter, he recognized the scale of the Infected Blood Inquiry and the importance of the work taking place.
12 months 3 days ago
The Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, has written to the Cabinet Office drawing attention to the financial support schemes for infected and affected people across the UK. Under current schemes, payments can range from under £5,000 a year to more than £36,000 and many of those affected have complained about difficulty accessing the funds.
1 year 1 day ago
A ‘hepatitis C action week’ will be taking place in Sheffield this week, aimed at raising awareness of hepatitis C, supporting services to work together and improving outcomes for people affected by the virus. Over 5,000 people are estimated to have hepatitis C in the South Yorkshire area, with around half of those undiagnosed. The action week has been organised by HCV Action, the hepatitis C professional member organisation coordinated by The Hepatitis C Trust, and is centred around a ‘hepatitis C good practice’ roadshow event, co-hosted with Public Health England.
1 year 1 week ago
People with chronic liver disease are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu, and are 48 times more likely to die if they develop flu than healthy individuals. If you are living with hepatitis C or liver disease, protect yourself with a free flu vaccine provided as part of the NHS’s ‘Stay Well this Winter’ campaign.
1 year 2 weeks ago
Day 3 (Wednesday 26th September 2018) was the final day of preliminary hearings of the Infected Blood Inquiry at Church House in Westminster, London. We heard Opening Statements from the core representatives and government groups represented by their legal teams. Samantha May, from The Hepatitis C Trust, also contributed to today’s proceedings.