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Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

No Downgrading of South Tyneside Hospital!

The downgrading of South Tyneside Hospital announced in the “alliance" between South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (STFT) and City Hospitals Sunderland (CHS) with loss of acute services, will be a disaster for the people of South Tyneside and also for the people of Sunderland whose access to acute services will also be affected by the closure of acute services in South Tyneside. The “alliance” plans the removal of all acute services to Sunderland which will also make the A&E unsustainable. The Government is behind the NHS England plan to reduce more than 10 A&Es in the North East down to only 4 or 5. The immediate threat of this “alliance” is the loss of acute stroke services and Maternity in South Tyneside.  The aim of this plan is likely to leave people in South Tyneside with essentially a “rehabilitation” hospital and everyone needing acute health care will have to travel to Sunderland, or Newcastle... The context of this plan is the Government's whole direction that the NHS is being taken in deliberately reducing NHS funding both for the health service and human resources needed. This direction is wrecking the NHS through fragmentation into purchasers and providers, closure of acute hospitals and Accident and Emergency Departments, cut backs and the take over of the most profitable services by private health companies. This continued direction in the “5 year forward view” is reflected in the alliance STFT and CHS with the aim of closing acute services in South Tyneside Hospital and transferring these services out of our hospital. We know that bringing people together irrespective of political opinion, into a campaign is how we can respond. What we stand for is that health care is a right! You can find out more about the campaign on our website here: Demands: 1. Our stand is to safeguard the future of South Tyneside Hospital and its acute and emergency services. 2. We demand that the Government, NHS England, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group and South Tyneside Health & Well-being Board stop any plans to close acute services at South Tyneside District Hospital and to safeguard its Accident and Emergency Service.  3. We demand the restoration of the duty of government to provide a comprehensive health service across England to all communities, providing the resources that are required and the training of doctors, consultants required for all acute and community services.   4. We demand the reverse of 25 years of marketisation in the NHS and the abolishment of the purchaser/provider split, and an end to contracting and establish public bodies and public services accountable to local communities. 5. Access to health care is a right of all in a modern society and we demand that it must be guaranteed.  

Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign
9,895 supporters
Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State for Health, Theresa May MP

Automatically become a UK Organ & Tissue Donor with the option to Opt Out

My name is Lucy Ryan and was incredibly lucky to receive a life saving heart transplant 24 years ago aged 2 years-old.  I am also fortunate enough to have a lot of fellow transplantees as friends due to someone somewhere being generous, selfless and brave enough to donate either their own organs & tissue, or those of a relative at an unimaginably difficult time.  But heartbreakingly I have lost friends along the way who waited for a transplant they never received. 96% of the UK population have expressed a desire to donate their organs yet only 33% are signed up to the current Opt-in system.  (The Opt-in system is where to become an organ and/or tissue donor those of us living in Scotland, Ireland and England must make the effort to sign up to the organ donor register.)  This is all well and good, but despite it being so simple and fast to sign-up by for example spending two minutes online, many of us still have not “opted-in”! This is even with all the amazing work charities and organisations do to raise awareness of the need for more donors.  I know from my own experience it is often something we keep meaning to do, but it never quite reaches the top of the “To-do” list! In the past few years I have been becoming increasingly frustrated with the growing organ donation crisis and  decided it was about time I took some action.  I researched the best way to try to improve the situation and consequently I passionately believe the introduction of the “Soft Opt-out” system in all of the UK (alike Wales did in December 2015) is what we need (Scotland & Northern Ireland have already proposed the same idea).  Once the system is reformed we will wonder why on earth it took us so long to do it like banning smoking in restaurants! The Soft Opt-Out system would be a massive leap forward, because everyone is automatically signed up as an organ & tissue donor unless they decide to “opt-out”. Also, if no objection was registered during their life their relatives are consulted at the time of death, and if there is still no objection raised it is only then any organs and tissue would be used for donation. II believe the majority of those whom do not wish to become organ donors are far more likely to make the effort to opt out, than the 63% of the current UK population who would like to become organ donors but have not yet "opted-in". By becoming a donor you can save almost as many lives as cats apparently have, and that is not including the fantastic life enhancing effects donating your tissue and corneas can have on recipients.   3 people die Every day waiting for a transplant—Let’s all Opt in to Opt out and end the donor crisis! Thank you for taking the time to consider my proposal and hopefully sign up. With your support we can make this happen. Yours Sincerely Lucy Ryan

Lucy Ryan
3,228 supporters
Update posted 23 hours ago

Petition to Woodlands Health Centre, Sarah Baker

Keep East Peckham Branch Surgery Open

In view of the impending decision of an NHS England Panel regarding the proposed closure of the East Peckham Branch Surgery, Woodlands Health Centre has received nearly 200 representations from local patients and highlight the strength of feeling in the village.  East Peckham Parish Council has also received many letters from residents expressing disappointment that this decision may be taken and this view has been echoed by Tom Tugendhat MP, Parish Councillors, Borough Councillors and our County Councillor. as well as many other village groups. East Peckham is a rural community which relies on its local services.  It is three miles to the nearest rural service centre, it is not served by a rail connection and has only one bus an hour travelling through the village.  furthermore over 600 residents in East Peckham are not in good health and rely on having a local surgery the most.  Taking this facility away will damage the lives of those patients who rely on a local surgery the most, particularly with transport to nearby alternatives difficult.  We have estimated that it could take up to two and a half hours to attend an appointment in Paddock Wood and that is if buses and appointments run on time.  Not everyone in our rural community have their own transport or can rely on lifts into Paddock Wood.  Taxis could also be cost prohibitive. I urge you to sign the petition so that East Peckham Parish Council can put pressure on the NHS England Panel to make the best decision in the interests of patients.  The short timescale between the announcement of consultation and possible closure has left no time for patients to find alternatives.  East Peckham Parish Council is also yet to be satisfied that every possible avenue has been explored to keep the branch surgery open.  In light of the short timescale, any decision to close East Peckham branch surgery will be premature and will satisfy neither the Parish Council or patients.

East Peckham Parish Council
703 supporters