Public Health England Hepatitis C in England 2020 Report


Public Health England
Public Health England published its annual 'Hepatitis C in England' report on 30th May 2020. This reporting document monitors the England's progress towards its goal of eliminating the virus by 2030 and contains breakdowns of how testing and treatment are being delivered by service type, demographic and local area. This year's report notes significant increases in treatment availability over the last few years. It also suggests there have been increases in access to treatment for the people who inject drugs. However, it warns that more needs to be done to reduce hepatitis C infections through the provision of harm reduction measures. Finally, it notes that "the COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly threaten the progress of our HCV elimination efforts. However, it is essential that we do not lose focus on the important actions needed to reduce incidence, increase testing and improve linkage into care if we are to eliminate HCV as a major public health threat by 2030."