Rosie Cooper MP

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27/02/08 Rosie Cooper MP joins Gordon Roddick in call for hep c

West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper has joined Gordon Roddick in congratulating Central Lancashire for taking action to tackle hepatitis C - a year after Gordon Roddick’s late wife, Dame Anita Roddick, revealed she had the potentially fatal disease.

West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper has joined Gordon Roddick in congratulating Central Lancashire for taking action to tackle hepatitis C - a year after Gordon Roddick’s late wife, Dame Anita Roddick, revealed she had the potentially fatal disease.

Their announcement comes as a new report into hepatitis C services across the country revealed that Central Lancashire PCT is amongst the best performing Primary Care Trusts in the league table for hepatitis C services.

Rosie said: “I am delighted that Central Lancashire PCT are at the top of the league table of hepatitis C services.

“There are up to 500,000 people living with hepatitis C in the UK, but only 1 in 8 of these people has been diagnosed. I want Central Lancashire PCT to lead the way in tackling this deadly disease.”

The report, by a group of concerned MPs and Peers, shows that only a third of PCTs are effectively implementing the government’s own Action Plan for Hepatitis C, over three years after the Action Plan was published.

Hepatitis C is often known as the ‘silent killer’ as people can live with it undiagnosed and without symptoms for many years. There are estimated to be 230,000-466,000 people with hepatitis C in England, but only 63,000 have been diagnosed. The report shows that PCTs need to go further to diagnose and treat people in their area with hepatitis C in order to save lives.

Commenting on the results for Central Lancashire PCT Gordon Roddick said:

“I would like to say well done and thank you to Central Lancashire PCT. I know from our experience how important it is for hepatitis C patients to get specialised support and really good information and proper referral to a hospital that can offer prompt treatment where that’s appropriate. And their families need good information too. I’m delighted that at last a significant number of patients are getting the care they need.

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