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Update posted 4 hours ago

Petition to Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson, Sian Berry, Nicola Sturgeon, Adam Price

Keep our NHS out of US Trade deals

As part of his visit to the UK, Donald Trump said that the NHS must be on the table as part of any trade deal with the UK after Brexit. This is a serious and direct threat to the NHS that we all know and love - so I’m calling on our government to guarantee that our health service will never form part of ANY trade deal, nevermind one with Donald Trump. Our NHS is a vital public service, it must remain protected from commercial exploitation. As an NHS Doctor I know how valuable our health service is. First and foremost I care about my patients, and I’m seriously concerned that this could be the beginning of the end for high-quality healthcare for all in the UK. Opening up the NHS to US corporations would mean that the profit motive invades our NHS, patient data is up for sale, access to healthcare is rationed and we would be staring at a system, as in the USA, where if you can’t pay you don’t get care. Decent healthcare is a human right and should never be a commodity to be bought and sold. Let’s send a message to Donald Trump to keep his hands off our NHS and ask the UK government to explicitly guarantee that it will never form part of a trade deal with America, nor any other trade deal Our NHS is there for all of us at the best and worst times of our lives, it’s part of our identity, and it is not for sale. Please sign my petition to help protect our NHS Dr Sonia Adesara, Junior doctor and member of Keep Our NHS Public

Sonia Adesara
1,049,461 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to NHS England, John Stewart

Access to a life extending NHS standard of care Drug - Herceptin

My wife who is 52 has Stage IV breast Cancer that is Her2+. The cancer has spread to her lungs, but over the past six years has been contained and managed with some amazing drugs and several different  lines of chemotherapy treatment. She has also been on a Trial which recently stopped working. Jennifer needs a special Her2+ directed therapy drug called Herceptin, this helps the chemotherapy work much better. She has pretty much been on this drug Herceptin throughout her difficult six year treatment journey. it works really well and it is also a standard of care drug within the NHS. Her current Oncologist now wants to continue to administer her the Herceptin as it is so critical to her survival for longer but Jen is being denied access by NHS England, unless we now personally pay for it, it’s over £1000 month. This given that Jen has had more than two different lines of treatment using Herceptin, which is current policy. Without Herceptin Jens cancer is likely to spread further and grow much faster, thus definitely shortening her life. It appears from her Oncologist that there are 1000s of women across the UK in a similar position also being denied access to ongoing treatment with this critical drug, Herceptin.There are now also three biosimilar options that are more cost effective given the patent on Herceptin by Roche has now ended. We need an immediate policy review and change to allow ongoing access to this life extending drug to patients, even if they have had more than two lines of treatment. Herceptin must be made available until end of life. For Her2+ breast Cancer patients it is such a critical drug to extending the patients life. There are two other specific Her2+ target therapy drugs not available through the NHS that will also work well for patients. I have written to John Stewart Director commissioning NHS England who has refused to act. We need immediate action, review and change, for all, please help. Jennifer works so hard everyday to stay alive, Many Thanks, Colin

Colin Dyke
415 supporters
Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Matt Hancock, Steve Barclay, Lord Prior, Nicola Blackwood MP, Nadine Dorries, Jeremy Corbyn MP

Save our Nurses and Midwives

Nursing must have a regulator. However as we have seen in recent media coverage the current system is failing miserably. It is neither protecting the public or the registrants and ultimately is putting both group's lives at risk.The current systems leaves it wide open to abuse by vexatious managers or colleagues with a grudge.  The NMC decisions affects nurses who have previously had no issues raised and unblemished careers, many for a number of decades. The profession is struggling to retain experienced nurses and midwives. Recent figures show up to 45% increase in nurses leaving the profession than joining it. MP Jonathan Ashworth recently presented to parliament figures of 90 nurses leaving the profession a day. As of figures available by 2018 the NMC had regulated 690,278 registrants. ”Since 2008, they  have sanctioned, impaired and struck off 10,895 nurses and midwives.   Studies show worse sanctioning to the nursing profession than to doctors, with doctors less likely to get struck off for dishonesty than other professions. The GMC confirmed at the IMMDS review on 14th March 2019. that “NMC registrants who have been impaired, sanctioned and struck off do not contest & walk away from charges as they are not litigious like GMC registrants”   Figures presented to this review panel comparing the GMC and NMC annual sanctions showed that nurses are 3 times more likely to get sanctioned than their doctor colleagues. Even for those registrants that the NMC finds no case to answer at the end of their investigation, many will leave as a result, those that remain are likely to work at lower level than before and will have ongoing mental health issues that they battle with. 3,462 nurses and / or midwives have received strike-offs since 2008 – 2018 and only 21 have succeeded at High Court Appeal and 9 out of the 21 were self-litigants between these dates.  We have an ongoing  survey  of our members - to date 150 have responded: - over half stated that their mental health was the most affected by referral to NMC- 93 stated they did not know where to go for support- 96% stated having difficulty sleeping as a result of FtP - 79% suffered acute anxiety- 90% stated poor self confidence as an impact- 89% stated difficult trusting people as an impact- 75% stated they had feelings of paranoia as an impact - 72% stated having mood swings as an impact - 64% suffered from suicidal thoughts Nearly all stated that they were never the same as prior to referral. The current system creates fear and a lack of transparency. Living in fear of your regulator does not promote safe practice. A process of luck and decent employer determines whether you are called in-front of the NMC.  Some moves have been made with the Morecambe Bay Investigation and the PSA report into it https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/docs/default-source/publications/nmc-lessons-learned-review-may-2018a0851bf761926971a151ff000072e7a6.pdf?sfvrsn=6177220_0 . However to date, change is slow. The Professional Standards Authority published its review of NMC's performance for 2017/18, the first since the Morcambe Bay review stating it has not met two of the FtP standards relating to transparency and fairness of its processes and keeping parties updated. We have 10 Key Demands: 1. ALL registrants, undergoing FtP are to be provided with legal representation regardless of their financial ability to fund it themselves. 2. All registrants, undergoing FtP, to have access to an independant 24hour on call telephone support service for counselling to support them through the stress of FtP. 3. The NMC to hold a duty of care over their registrants to "Do No Harm" to vulnerable registrants undergoing FtP and to hold clear records of any registrants that commit suicide / die whilst under investigation. 4. A standard sum of renumeration on appeal regardless of whether the registrant is represented by legal counsel or not that includes loss of earnings. 5. When "no case to answer" is found the registrant is remunerated for loss of earnings 6. When "no case to answer" the referrer and the registrant are given a full report of the recommendations as to why the referral was unsuitable 7. For the NMC to automatically reimburse ALL witnesses for FtP hearings, including the registrant, on cost of travel to and from daily hearings, any loss of earnings on the days of the hearing and overnight accommodation if distance negates being able to travel home daily. 8. ANY registrant who is able to prove a history of raising concerns and / or whistleblowing prior to referral to the NMC has their salary protected during investigation periods. 9. Employers are unable to dismiss employees or enter into settlement agreements whilst FtP concerns are raised and the registrant salary is protected during investigatory periods 10. If individual's, whether witness for the NMC or case presenter are found to be deliberately withholding evidence which may benefit the registrant's case - the NMC  will hold them to account by formally investigating and referring to the appropriate authorities. We need 100,000 signatures for this to be raised in Parliament and taken seriously as an issue affecting and destroying our profession. PLEASE sign and share and share and let's get it changed for the better as ultimately the only people who will suffer are our patients.

NMC Nurses and Midwives condemmed
7,612 supporters