NHS England has embarked on a new procurement exercise that invites industry to support the plans to tackle hepatitis C as part of a longer term drug procurement contract. This procurement exercise was officially launched in March 2018. The conclusion of assessment of proposals is planned for September 2018 and NHS England anticipates the new procurement approach will be implemented from 1 October 2018. The aim of the strategic procurement is to accelerate whole systems action to reduce hepatitis C prevalence and incidence. If successful, the ambition is to support the elimination of hepatitis C as a public health threat earlier than the World Health Organization (WHO) goal of 2030 and as soon as 2025.
Public Health England who lead on hepatitis C surveillance will ensure that achievements against the WHO targets in England are tracked. The National Strategic Group for Viral Hepatitis will continue to bring together stakeholders to discuss and share individual and collective actions underway to contribute to these goals.