Dr Faye Kirkland investigated was the lead story for You and Yours, Radio 4. Patients with hepatitis C were found to be buying medication abroad online to treat their disease to avoid long waits on the NHS experts told the BBC. NHS watchdog NICE had approved the use of new drugs that cure more than 90% of some strains, but there are calls for them to be made more widely available as there was a limit on the number of people eligible each year. NHS England said 10,000 were being treated this year and that will rise. At the time of broadcast an estimated 215,000 people in the UK had hepatitis C, which can cause liver damage and cancer.