In 2020 I launched a routemap to hepatitis c elimination that sets out the five main opportunity areas that will be a focus for progress. This includes work with London laboratories to facilitate one step reflex testing which will improve the patient pathway to treatment; work with GPs to find the undiagnosed; efforts to reduce stigma; and scoping out a plan for needle exchange in London that aims to improve harm reduction and prevent reinfection of hepatitis C and other blood borne viruses.
Many people are still undiagnosed and unaware they are living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). So, we need to build on the efforts to find and treat all those living with HCV, to prevent new infections and to increase awareness and understanding about the virus.
I will continue to support the work that brings key stakeholders, including the NHS, together to make elimination a reality in London.