Addressing hepatitis C in prisons and other places of detention


May 2013 by The Hepatitis C Trust

In 2013, NHS England gained responsibility for commissioning healthcare in detention settings. This change provides an opportunity to make progress in addressing hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, which is highly prevalent in prison and other detained populations. In February 2013, The Hepatitis C Trust convened an expert panel to develop recommendations for improving prison hepatitis C healthcare through the new commissioning arrangements.

This paper summarises recommendations for a nationally commissioned, locally implemented, clinically effective, and high quality hepatitis C healthcare service appropriate for the needs of prisons and other places of detention in England, to  ensure the appropriate levels of testing and treatment necessary to reduce mortality from hepatitis C and liver disease.