Prisoners: Hepatitis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th March 2018.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has been made of the number of prisoners infected with the hepatitis C virus in each prison in each of the last three financial years.

Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made the number of prisoners that have been tested for the hepatitis C virus in each prison in each of the last three financial years.

Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of prisoners that have been diagnosed with the hepatitis C virus in each prison in each of the last three financial years.

Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of prisoners that have received treatment for the hepatitis C virus in each prison in each of the last three financial years.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Performance in relation to the blood borne virus opt-out testing programme in adult prisons in England, which includes hepatitis B, C and HIV, is measured at the prison level by NHS England through data collected as part of the Health and Justice Indicators of Performance (HJIPs).

For financial years 2015/16, 2016/17 and quarter one of 2017/18 (the most current period for which published data is available), 11.5, 10.5 and 18.8% of new receptions and transfers to prisons in England have been tested for infection with hepatitis C virus.

HJIP data on the number of tests undertaken for hepatitis C virus has only been published for quarter one of financial year 2017/18. This data indicates that 8,797 tests were undertaken in prisons during that period.

HJIP data on the number of prisoners diagnosed with hepatitis C virus has only been published for quarter one of financial year 2017/18. This data indicates that during this period 1,590 people tested positive for hepatitis C antibody, and of those 434 tested positive for hepatitis C virus as identified by polymerase chain reaction testing.

HJIP data on the number of patients referred for treatment of hepatitis C virus has only been published for quarter one of financial year 2017/18. This data indicates that 226 prisoners were referred into specialist care during this period to have their infection treated

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