Hepatitis C Trust launches patient activist toolkit for 2018 local elections

On Thursday 3rd May 2018, there are elections in 150 local authority areas in England. 

Local authorities have responsibility for commissioning some services relevant to hepatitis C including drug and alcohol services, needle and syringe programmes in pharmacies and sexual health services. Local authorities also have a duty to promote public health and tackle health inequalities among the local population. Councillors therefore have an important role to play in ensuring good hepatitis C prevention services and in commissioning testing services that are vital to getting those currently undiagnosed treated and cured.

The views and experiences of people with hepatitis C, people close to someone with hepatitis C and those working with hepatitis C are vital in helping politicians to understand the importance of taking action on eliminating the virus. Even the smallest of actions can contribute to making change happen.

Today we have published our Patient Activist Toolkit for the 2018 local elections, a guide to key messages to convey to your local council candidates and how to get involved. 

The louder our voice, the more chance we have of successfully improving services, ensuring more people get treated, and eliminating hepatitis C as a serious public health concern. 

Download the 2018 Patient Activist Toolkit by clicking on the link below and contact your council candidates today!