Thursday, January 25, 2018

HSE urged to step-up on hep C

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HSE urged to step-up on hep C 
Catherine Reillyl | 25 Jan 2018 |

Resources are required to support increased testing and treatment of hepatitis C in the community as significant numbers of patients are not presenting for hospital-based care, heard a recent seminar in Dublin organized by the Hepatitis C Partnership. Catherine Reilly reports.

Since 2015, DAAs have been accorded an annual budget of €30 million under the HSE National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme (NHCTP). But clinicians and community stakeholders are fervently calling for better-resourced outreach and support, as well as testing and care in community settings. They strongly believe there are significant numbers of unidentified progressive cases among the populations primarily affected by hepatitis C, ie, former and current injecting drug-users, which are hard-to-reach groups.

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