House of Commons debate on Hepatitis C
20 March 2014
Blenheim supports and welcomes the scheduling of a debate in the House of Commons on Hepatitis C prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
The cross party Early Day Motion notes that Hepatitis C is the most prevalent blood-borne virus in the UK and can cause cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer and death. The House is alarmed that Public Health England estimates there to be some 250,000 Hepatitis C positive people in the UK, although most cases remain undiagnosed. The virus disproportionately affects marginalised groups, including intravenous drug users, prisoners and immigrant populations and that only three percent of those chronically infected receive potentially curative treatment each year. Hepatitis C can be effectively eliminated in England within a generation if simple actions are taken to ensure better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the virus; and calls on the Government to make the eradication of the virus a clear priority, with co-ordinated urgent action to reverse the rising death toll from Hepatitis C.
Blenheim supports the call for all MP’s to engage in this important debate.
The EDM is supported by;