Hepatitis: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th August 2020.

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Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to support meeting the target in line with the World Health Organization’s Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis of distributing 200 sterile syringe and needle sets each year for each person who inject drugs.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 21 July 2020

Local authorities are responsible for assessing local needs and commissioning drug prevention, treatment and harm reduction services to meet these needs. This includes providing needle and syringe programmes in their areas.

Public Health England supports local authorities in their work of needs assessment and commissioning services by providing advice, guidance and data.

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