Guidance for writing to MPs in support of RCP policy

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is encouraging members and fellows to write to their MPs to highlight the financial challenges facing the NHS and social care, and the impact of these on patient safety and staff morale.

The RCP's members and fellows are well-positioned to help us shape MPs' understanding of the healthcare system. You know the reality of working in an NHS which is underfunded, underdoctored and overstretched.

Together we are able to raise the profile of key issues affecting health and social care, using the extensive evidence base that the RCP holds and your personal experience of working in healthcare.

Your voice matters

A template related to the RCP Council's letter to the chancellor in the run-up to the autumn budget is provided to support you in contacting your MP, but please be advised that your correspondence is much more likely to have an impact if you:

  • include personal experiences and perspective
  • offer potential solutions to the issues.

As well as advocating to the MP of the constituency you live in, if you work in an area with a different MP and have location-specific issues to raise then you can write to them.

The RCP is working on a range of policy priorities, covering:

Share your responses

To help the RCP support advocacy activity and ensure we are reaching a broad range of MPs, we would be grateful if you could share any correspondence you receive by forwarding it to RCP public affairs adviser Rory Murray: policy@rcplondon.ac.uk.