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10 months 1 week ago
Political leaders from Scotland and Wales have spoken out to reaffirm their commitment to eliminating hepatitis C for World Hepatitis Day on the 28th July 2019. Their full statements can be found below.   First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am proud that Scotland is recognised as a world leader in combatting hepatitis C and I am determined to maintain this position. World Hepatitis Day is an important opportunity to restate the Scottish Government’s commitment to treating people living with hepatitis C and to eliminating the virus.
10 months 2 weeks ago
As always, we are struck by the supportive and open atmosphere amongst all those taking part, those supporting them and all those who are working with those directly affected, including the Inquiry team, the Red Cross, the solicitors and others.  
10 months 2 weeks ago
Health Protection Scotland this week released a surveillance report on hepatitis C testing, diagnosis and treatment in Scotland, which revealed that diagnosis rates are at their lowest level since 1996, 22% down on 2015 levels. This is despite testing rates remaining broadly consistent with recent years, suggesting more needs to be done to test in alternative locations and among different members of the population.
10 months 2 weeks ago
This weekend, over thirty of our staff and volunteers descended on the stunning Yorkshire Dales to take on the formidable Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust. The Challenge involved walking 24 miles including 5,200 feet of ascent in less than 12 hours. The route incorporated three impressive peaks in the Pennine region: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
10 months 2 weeks ago
We attended the whole of the first week at the Conference Centre in Edinburgh. As all have borne witness to the patients and families testimonies so far will now, the accounts of peoples experiences continue to be harrowing
10 months 2 weeks ago
We attended the whole of the first week at the Conference Centre in Edinburgh. As all who have borne witness to the patients' and families' testimonies so far will know, the accounts of peoples' experiences continue to be harrowing
10 months 3 weeks ago
We’re excited to celebrate World Hepatitis Day next Sunday 28th July. This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise how far we have come in hepatitis C care, as well as to continue to drive for increased testing and treatment.
11 months 1 week ago
Yesterday, the Welsh Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee released its report into the progress that has been made towards eliminating hepatitis C in Wales. New effective treatments mean it is now possible for the disease, which can cause fatal liver damage and cancer, to be eliminated as a major public health concern. Currently around 12,000-14,000 people in Wales are infected with hepatitis C but the majority of these do not know they have the disease.
11 months 1 week ago
The three testimonies today varied in the nature of their backgrounds as individuals; yet each story continued to hold key themes of misinformation, judgment and a significant impact upon not just the individual, but the families of those infected. Again, the courage of the witnesses must be recognised and several aspects of all the stories were harrowing and heart-breaking to listen to.
11 months 2 weeks ago
We have nothing but admiration for the people that give testimonies and evidence and those attending the hearings to support others, or who have themselves been affected by this, directly or indirectly.   We will continue to do all that we can as both core participants in the Inquiry and as the national charity for people with hepatitis C, help them get the justice they all deserve.   Mr M

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