Launched in 2008, the Action Plan aimed to significantly increase treatment, diagnosis and prevention of hepatitis C in Scotland. As a result of the plan the number of people being treated for the disease has more than doubled to over 1,000 a year, and the numbers of people being tested and diagnosed has significantly increased.
Thanks to the changes introduced through the Action Plan, as many as 3,500 infections have been averted since 2008, and more than 1,000 people will have been cured who otherwise would not have been. The long-term benefits for the NHS - in terms of fewer people with liver disease and liver cancer - are significant. The World Hepatitis Alliance also recently described the Scottish approach as a 'model of best practice', and the World Health Organisation is seeking to learn from our experience.