In March 2015 the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme Advisory Group set up a sub group to focus on the timeliness of antenatal screening and prenatal diagnosis. The subgroup included parents of children with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia, representatives from UKTS and the Sickle Cell Society and representatives from midwifery, obstetric and genetic counselling professional organisations.
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The Hepatitis C Coalition is a group of leading clinicians, patient organisations and other interested parties committed to the reduction of morbidity and mortality resulting from hepatitis C, and the eventual elimination of the virus.
Some 214,000 people in the UK are thought to be living with chronic HCV. Many of these do not know that they have the virus and at present only 4% of those chronically infected receive treatment each year – an unacceptably low number.
Yet with the right diagnosis and treatment, HCV is curable, thanks to new therapies that are now available. Research from the London Joint Working Group on Substance Use & Hepatitis C (LJWG) found it was cheaper to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (CHCV) than to allow the disease to progress, and that treating just 10% of those people with HCV could save £200 million in London alone.