Hepatitis C

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Michelle Ballantyne Michelle Ballantyne Conservative

I appreciate that the Government has signed up to the World Health Organization’s pledge to eliminate hep C by 2030, but the current treatment projections are not on target. Only 7,500 patients are expected to receive treatment over the next three years. Given that Scotland was considered a world leader in the elimination of hep C, does the minister agree that the Government has dropped the ball on the issue? Will she commit to an updated strategy that will effectively tackle this debilitating disease?