Hepatitis C Trust launches patient activist toolkit for 2019 local elections

The Hepatitis C Trust has today launched its 2019 Local Elections Patient Activist Toolkit, a guide to campaigning on hepatitis C by ensuring your local council candidates commit to tackling the virus.

On Thursday 2nd May, elections will take place in around 270 local authority areas in England and all 11 local councils in Northern Ireland.

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.

Download the 2019 Local Elections Patient Activist Toolkit by clicking on the link below and contact your council candidates today!