Contact your MP

Arranging a meeting with or writing to your local MP is a great way to campaign for better hepatitis C awareness, care and treatment, or to explain personal problems you might be having with your local health services, such as being told that you face significant delays in accessing treatment. MPs are keen to engage with their constituents and you can usually be assured of a reply from them, as well as a commitment to take some form of action.

You can find out your MP's contact details by typing in your postcode.

As well as assisting with any specific issue you have encountered in accessing hepatitis C care and treatment, your MP can also help to raise awareness about hepatitis C in Parliament and with your local health services by taking the following five easy actions.

Please ask them to show their support for hepatitis C patients by:

  • Joining the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Liver Health (ask them to email aidan.rylatt@hepctrust.org.uk 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 Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, and/or the Public Health Minister, Jo Churchill, to urge the Government to develop a hepatitis C elimination strategy.

We are happy to provide you with an MP briefing sheet to give/send to your MP. Please contact aidan.rylatt@hepctrust.org.uk if you would like a copy.