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GP practices must do more for hepatitis C patients

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There was a 300 per cent rise in hepatitis C deaths from liver disease or liver cancer between 1996 and 2010 in the UK. If untreated, 15,840 people in England could develop cirrhosis or liver cancer caused by hepatitis C, by 2020.

A report funded by Roche and endorsed by The Hepatitis C Trust and British Liver Trust revealed a lack of engagement among GPs in managing hepatitis C, possibly caused by a lack of incentives. GP practices earn QOF points for good care but hepatitis is not included. GPs also lack confidence in counselling patients about hepatitis and interpreting liver function tests

The report recommends alternatives should be found to incentivise GPs to do more.

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