Hepatitis C is a time-bomb waiting to happen in London

New figures revealed by Lynne Featherstone MP show that there has been a dramatic increase in hepatitis C outbreaks in London over the last five years.

The figures show a 124.6% increase in just five years. Ms Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, is urging the Government to priorities raising Londoners’ awareness regarding hepatitis C.

Commenting Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“This is a time-bomb waiting to happen.

“There is little awareness of symptoms and risk factors and this explosive increase shows that the government has clearly failed to tackle this. The problem with hepatitis C is that you can live with it for decades and it might not be obvious.

“We have a silent crisis on our hands, yet the Government is failing to inform Londoners about it. The government must ensure that people are given the information and support they deserve.”

Note: the figures come from an answer to a Parliamentary question.