Hepatitis C (Ex Gratia Payments)

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 22nd January 2004.

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Photo of Keith Raffan Keith Raffan Liberal Democrat 2:30 pm, 22nd January 2004

Will the minister take action to get a more accurate estimate of the number of people suffering from hepatitis C in Scotland, especially as the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health says that its figures may be a several-fold underestimate? What assurance can he give that interferon alpha and ribavirin combination therapy is available for all hepatitis C sufferers in Scotland uniformly throughout each health board area?