Arranging a meeting with your local MP is a great way to campaign for better hepatitis C awareness and care, or to explain personal problems you might be having with your local health services. MPs are keen to engage with their constituents and you can usually arrange a meeting by calling up their local office and asking for an appointment.
You can find out your MPs’ contact details by typing in your postcode here
As well as assisting with any specific issue you have encountered with your local health service, your MP can also help raise awareness about hepatitis C in Parliament and with your local health services by taking the following four easy actions. Please ask them to show their support for hepatitis C patients by:
- Joining the All Party Parliamentary Group for Hepatology (ask them to email email@example.com 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
Our MP briefing sheet at the bottom of this page is a useful document to give to your MP. It is a good idea to download a print a copy of this briefing to give to your MP so they know the facts about hepatitis C.
Make sure you use the meeting to ask your MP to do something positive to help you or hepatitis C patients in general.