The Hepatitis C Trust campaigns for improvements in hepatitis C risk-awareness, testing, diagnosis, treatment and patient support. We educate the public, the healthcare profession and politicians about hepatitis C. Our policy and public affairs team work hard to develop patient-centred solutions and communicate them to decision-makers – and we need your help!
Your voice as a hepatitis C patient is crucial to making policy decision-makers fully understand the issues around hepatitis C and the need for effective solutions. The louder the patient voice the more chance we have of successfully improving services.
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Please help us by letting your elected representatives know about your experiences as a hepatitis C patient and what you need them to do to improve services.
Please write to or meet your local MP, Welsh Assembly Member, Member of the Scottish Parliament or Northern Irish Assembly Member.
Your MP can help raise awareness about hepatitis C in Parliament and in your local area by:
- Joining the All Party Parliamentary Group for Hepatology (ask them to email firstname.lastname@example.org to register)
- Writing to the Director of Public health at your Local Authority and the chair of your local Health and Wellbeing Board to ask them what plans they have to increase awareness about hepatitis C and diagnosis rates locally
- Writing to the chair of the local Clinical Commissioning Group to ask them what plans they have to increase diagnoses and to improve access to treatment for hepatitis C patients
- Writing to the Public Health Minister, Anna Soubry, to ask her to ensure that addressing hepatitis C is a major component of the National Liver Strategy that is being developed
If lots of patients raise these key issues with their MPs, we can really make a difference.