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Engaging with candidates this election

Learn more about how you can help us call on the next Government to prioritise the needs of everyone living with Crohn's and Colitis.

Manifestos from all major parties have now been launched ahead of the General Election on Thursday 4th July. Health is a clear priority for all parties and there is a focus on NHS waiting lists and appointments. We need your help to make sure Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is included in these priorities.

We want to ensure the next Government commits to making significant improvements in the diagnosis, care, and support for everyone living with IBD. Now, we need your help to make sure this message is heard.

There will be opportunities to speak to your parliamentary candidates in the run up to the election – whether they come to your doorstep or attend an election hustings event where you live. Here are some questions you can ask them about what they will do to support people with IBD:

  • Did you know 1 in 123 people in the constituency have Crohn's or Colitis? Your candidates may not have heard of IBD, or the serious impact these conditions can have on people’s health, wellbeing and everyday life.
  • How will your party make sure people with long-term health conditions, like those living with Crohn's and Colitis, get the support they need? Tell them about how living with IBD has affected your education, career or finances. 

  • If elected, what will you do to bring down waiting times and improve NHS services for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease? Delays to diagnosis and under-resourced IBD services have a severe impact on the physical and mental health of those with Crohn's and Colitis. The next government needs to make sure that people with Crohn's and Colitis get the right tests at the right time for a diagnosis within weeks, not years, and have access to better care and treatment when they need it.  
  • As health is devolved, if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, ask your candidate: what can you do to raise awareness about these issues? 

If you speak to any candidates about Crohn’s and Colitis, please let us know how you got on by emailing campaigns@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk

To receive more information about how to get involved in making a difference for everyone living with Crohn's and Colitis, sign up to our campaigns network today.


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Helpline service


We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Our helpline team can help by:

  • Providing information about Crohn’s and Colitis.

  • Listening and talking through your situation.

  • Helping you to find support from others in the Crohn’s and Colitis community.

  • Signposting you to specialist organisations.

Please be aware we’re not medically or legally trained. We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support.

Please contact us via telephone, email or LiveChat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).

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If you need specific medical advice about your condition, your GP or IBD team will be best placed to help.

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