Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that people with haemophilia who contracted hepatitis C through contaminated blood transfusions are being treated with the most up-to-date hepatitis C treatment recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
Anna Soubry (Broxtowe, Conservative)
Primary care trusts are legally required to make funding available to enable clinicians to prescribe treatments recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance. This must occur within three months of publication of the technology appraisal. The Government have committed to ensuring that NHS commissioners will continue to be required to make funding available for drugs and treatments recommended by NICE technology appraisals. This includes recommendations on hepatitis C treatments, the most recent of which were published in April 2012. Decisions on the prescribing of drugs for the treatment of individuals patients are made by clinicians.