The Hepatitis C Trust

Research and reports

In 2013, the hepatitis C community were disappointed at the Government’s abandonment of a National Liver Disease Outcomes Strategy, leading the All Party Parliamentary Group for Hepatology (now the APPG on Liver Health) to launch a major Inquiry into Improving Outcomes from Liver Disease.


Our approach

The Hepatitis C Trust provides secretariat support for the All-Party Group, and after arranging for the Parliamentary chairs of the APPHG to hold oral evidence sessions and analysing written evidence from royal colleges, clinicians, patients, charities, policymakers and Government, we wrote and released an impactful report for the Trust on behalf of the APPHG.

Entitled ‘Liver Disease: Today’s Complacency, Tomorrow’s Catastrophe’, the report received significant and wide-ranging media coverage, including on the BBC’s Six O’ Clock News and News at Ten, as well as within the BBC online, Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail and the Evening Standard newspapers. Subsequent coverage included a package on the BBC’s One Show and a full page in the Health Service Journal supplement on hepatitis C.


What happened next…

The report’s recommendations were used as a tool to engage with relevant Ministers, Shadow Ministers and policymakers around the need to address liver disease. Work included tabling PQs in Parliament relating to the Inquiry findings, coordinating letters to relevant stakeholders and securing meetings between the APPHG and influential figures within NHS England and Public Health England. As a result, PHE committed to developing a national framework for tackling liver disease, with the Minister for Public Health stating in a Westminster Hall debate that “In response to the All Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group report PHE has committed to producing a “PHE Liver Disease Framework”.

“Principle Consulting supported the All Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group to conduct an extremely thorough and robust inquiry into liver disease. We were delighted with the coverage the report received from the BBC and other major news outlets, and the impact it has had getting liver disease and hepatitis C back on to the political agenda.”
IMG_8155Charles Gore, Chief Executive of The Hepatitis C Trust
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