Ask your politician to back our call for early diagnosis

Politicians tackle issues that directly affect their constituents – that’s anyone who lives in the area they serve.

They can raise written or verbal questions in parliament, call for a debate, or even introduce a motion. This all helps to raise awareness and tell governments that people care about Crohn’s and Colitis.


You are the expert in your experience and your story is powerful. By telling your politician about your experience, you can help us achieve change.

Delays to diagnosis of Crohn’s and Colitis not only affects people’s ability to work, socialise, or spend quality time with their families but also reduces their treatment options while increasing their risk of being hospitalised or needing emergency surgery.

Yet despite clear patient need, increased clinical risk and rising costs to the NHS, delays to diagnosis of Crohn’s and Colitis remain at the bottom of the health agenda.

The result is one in four people will wait more than a year to be diagnosed, and nearly half will end up in A&E at least once before their diagnosis. With your help, we can change that.

Help us make the case for politicians to:

  • Back our public campaign to raise awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis, and help people take control of their health.
  • Support our call for a national diagnostic pathway for people with lower gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Prioritise endoscopies by patient need, to get people diagnosed and on a treatment plan, rather than on an operating table.

Ask your politician to back our campaign

To help them understand the importance of early diagnosis you can share your story and our policy brief. You could also ask your politician to:

Our template letter can help you get started

Become a Campaigner

None of our award-winning campaigns would be possible without our amazing community of dedicated campaigners. Your powerful voice really does matter. 


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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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