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Hepatitis: Health Services

Health written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Joan Walley Joan Walley Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the current levels of integration between health and social care services in delivering hepatitis C services; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Integrated health and social care services are organised locally to meet local needs, and we do not hold this information centrally. Professor Martin Lombard, the national clinical director for liver disease, and his team have been working closely with representatives of the national health service, public health and patient groups for the past year to understand what needs to change to enable better outcomes to be achieved on liver disease, of which hepatitis C is a major contributing factor.

The vision for the national liver strategy is to improve the patient pathway for people with liver disease so as to minimise unnecessary effort and expense, improve prevention and identification activity and improve treatment, care and support services from diagnosis to end-of-life care. It will underline the need for planned and integrated services across health and social care to deliver services based on the needs of individuals, and to support people living independently in the community with a good quality of life.

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