Campaigning in England

Key statistics

  • An estimated 160,000 people in England have hepatitis C
  • Whilst data collection is poor, only around 50% are thought to be diagnosed and around 27,000 are likely to be diagnosed and in touch with services
  • Over the last decade, hospital admissions from hepatitis C-related liver disease have nearly tripled and deaths have doubled

Our work

The Hepatitis C Trust campaigns for improvements in awareness, testing and diagnosis for hepatitis C, and fights for access to treatment and high quality care for people affected by hepatitis C in England. Our policy and parliamentary team works hard to develop patient-centred policy solutions and to communicate these to decision-makers, including by making representations on behalf of people affected by hepatitis C to policymakers within NHS England and Public Health England.

The Hepatitis C Trust runs the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Liver Health, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers who have come together to tackle the growing problem of liver disease and its major causes – hepatitis C, obesity, alcohol and hepatitis B. The APPG holds meetings and events and publishes reports to raise awareness of liver disease in Parliament and in the media. In 2017, the APPG held an inquiry into achieving the elimination of hepatitis C in England, which will be followed by a report outlining the evidence received and setting out recommended next steps in early 2018. Keep up to the date with the work of the APPG, and browse the group’s reports, at

Your voice as a hepatitis C patient is crucial to making sure that policy decision-makers fully understand the issues around hepatitis C, and of the need for improvements in the quality of care for those living with the virus. The louder the patient voice, the more chance we have of successfully improving services.

Join us

Currently, The Hepatitis C Trust is campaigning for the Government to release a hepatitis C elimination strategy to ensure England achieves its commitment to eliminate the virus by 2030. 

If you or someone you know has been affected by hepatitis C and you are keen to help raise awareness of the virus, get in touch with The Hepatitis C Trust and help us by letting your elected representatives and local decision-makers know about your experiences, and what you need them to do to improve services. You can get in touch with us by emailing or

We have created a Patient Activist Toolkit, which is a guide to the action you can take to raise awareness of hepatitis C and persaude your MP or councillor(s) of the need to eliminate the virus. You can download the toolkit below.