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NHS directed to boost hep C testing, but guidance falls short of concerns

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The UK's chief medical and chief nursing officers have written to all NHS primary care trusts (PCTs), urging them to improve the rates of detection and diagnosis of hepatitis C, with a focus on pre-emptive and confirmatory testing. The move will go some way to assuaging the Hepatitis C Trust (HCT), the UK's leading lobby and patient support group, but falls short of fully meeting its concerns, as submitted to the health select committee (HSC) for its recently-launched inquiry into patient safety*.

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