Duncan Selbie’s Friday message – 23 November 2018
Nice information on hepatitis C. On Wednesday, we revealed our hepatitis C treatment monitoring in England report, which confirmed that within the final three years greater than 24,500 folks in England have accessed hepatitis C remedy and 95% of people that accomplished their remedy have been cured. This can be a huge step in the direction of reaching the WHO goal of eliminating hepatitis by 2030, and a testomony to the shut collaborative work between PHE and NHS England and colleagues throughout the NHS. Our work continues with the launch of a brand new nationwide affected person reengagement train this week, which goals to encourage the tens of 1000’s of people that haven’t to date accessed the brand new healing therapies to take action.
There may be additionally very constructive information on HIV, the place in England transmission charges are reducing and numbers of recent diagnoses are falling. Nonetheless, our newest statistics present that round one in eight folks residing with HIV is undiagnosed and unaware they’ve the virus; and greater than 4 in ten of these newly identified in 2017 have been identified at a late stage of HIV an infection. This can be a main concern as late analysis is related to a ten-fold elevated danger of short-term mortality. We’re coming to the tip of National HIV Testing Week, a PHE-funded marketing campaign highlighting the significance of normal testing and early analysis, particularly among the many most–affected inhabitants teams. Each HIV testing and remedy are free, and you may request a free self-sampling check on-line. With HIV prevention being as essential now because it has ever been, the marketing campaign goals to normalise testing as we transfer in the direction of eliminating HIV.
On Tuesday, we revealed the findings of a survey exploring the general public’s notion of weight problems and who’s accountable for addressing this. It confirmed that there’s overwhelming public help for lowering sugar and energy in on a regular basis meals, with 9 in ten folks saying that non-public accountability performs an element, however with related numbers saying there’s additionally a job for the meals business and for presidency. In different phrases, everyone seems to be accountable and nobody can depart it to others. There are numerous consultations below means on actions set out in chapter two of the childhood weight problems plan on proscribing promoting on all media channels earlier than 9pm, calorie labelling for quick meals eating places and low retailers, and on proscribing the promotion of excessive fats salt and sugar merchandise, i.e. purchase one get one free. In 2019, PHE will likely be publishing its second report on sugar discount, the place we are going to establish these producers and retailers who’ve made the progress requested of them, and people who haven’t.
And at last, yesterday, the Lancet Fee on Liver Illness within the UK revealed its fifth report on liver illness, ‘Gathering momentum for the way ahead’. The report sums up progress, particularly within the administration of hepatitis C. It highlights the necessity for continued motion to deal with alcohol and weight problems as main causes of liver illness, and makes use of PHE information to emphasize that liver ailments are strongly related to deprivation and there’s large geographical variation. PHE has additionally contributed to a higher understanding of the epidemiology of liver most cancers, identification of liver illness in major care, and the unwarranted variation in hospital outcomes from liver illness.