Petition to The Federal Government of Nigeria, The Nigerian Senate, The Nigerian National Assembly, The Nigerian House of Representatives
LEGISLATORS, STOP HOSPITALS FROM REJECTING VICTIMS OF ATTACK BECAUSE OF POLICE REPORT!!
On the 2nd of December 2019, a young lady who had been stabbed during a robbery attempt was rejected by an hospital in Lagos because of the absence of a police report. She was rushed to another hospital by the good Samaritans but had lost too much blood by that time and she died. Several Nigerian hospitals have been known to turn down victims of various attacks in life threatening conditions rushed to them for help because they don't have police reports. This inhumane practice has led to the death of several innocent victims, deaths that could have been avoided. It exhibits a lack of respect for the sanctity of the human life, the life of Nigerian Citizens. We enjoin the Federal Government of Nigeria and the National Assembly comprising both the Senate and the House of Representatives to sponsor a bill and sign into law an act stating categorically that a police report or clearance of any sort is not required BEFORE victims of attacks can be attended to by health institutions, mandating health institutions and professionals to treat victims of attacks with dignity, not subject victims to any degrading or inhumane treatment and criminalizing the actions of any medical institution that falls foul of the provisions of the law with appropriate punishments. This law is vital to prevent unnecessary loss of life of many Nigerians considering the security challenges in many parts of the country.
Petition to Privy Council Office
Protect specialist nutritionists – Stop the Association for Nutrition getting a Charter
Nutrition is a diverse sector with a range of specialisms including public health, sports, body composition and therapeutic interventions. In a world of conflicting information and passing fads based on little scientific evidence, it is important that the public knows which professionals to turn to for the right nutritional advice in the right circumstances. The Association for Nutrition (AfN) have recognised this issue and have applied for a Royal Charter in order to set themselves up as a regulator for all nutritionists. If granted, the charter would allow AfN to confer the title of 'Chartered Nutritionist' on those practitioners registered with it. AfN have correctly identified the problem. But they are not the solution, for three reasons: Although respected for their role in a public health context, the AfN does not have sufficient expertise in other areas of nutrition to act as a regulator for the whole sector. For example, the university courses accredited by AfN are generic in character and do not teach how to optimise nutrition to secure a specific outcome for an individual patient or client. As such, the public do not have sufficient trust and confidence in AfN and its members to provide personalised nutrition advice as opposed to generalised information in relation to issues such as healthy eating. The AfN has not undertaken any proactive consultation with the industry before attempting to set themselves up as the regulator for all practitioners. This is important as the 'Chartered' badge can be taken to mean an official licence to practice a particular profession, which it is not. This would mean that those not registered with the AfN stand to lose out even where they are recognised experts in their specialist fields. We are not against regulation of the industry, but the wrong regulator is more damaging than no regulator. Please help stop AfN damaging public trust in the profession by becoming the regulator for specialisms where they do not have the necessary expertise or capacity.
Petition to The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Paul Maynard MP, Henry Smith, Huw Merriman, The Countess of Mar, Boris Johnson
Stop contaminated cabin air in aircraft!
Every day, many millions of people board an aircraft, which has become a normal way of transportation in every day life. But what they do not know is that this flight could land them in a hospital or with debilitating illness because of exposure to toxic cabin air! It often begins with flu like symptoms: limb pain, dizziness, fatigue and nausea. Long-term damage to the nerves, the lungs, the cardiovascular system or cognitive impairment may follow. How do I know this? Because I am one of a growing number of people that has been affected. I had to end my flying career in 2016 following 2 onboard fume events within 1 year (2014/15) and the cumulative effects of 20+ years flying. My health had deteriorated badly and tests showed that chemicals used in aircraft engine oil were present in my body. My GP advised me to stop flying. You as a passenger, but also pilots and flight attendants are at great risk to be exposed to neurotoxic breathing air on any flight in most aircraft! The World Health Organization recently published a new study about aircraft cabin air quality and the illness related to being exposed to the toxic fumes: "AEROTOXIC SYNDROME: A NEW OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE?" which shows a definite connection between in-flight toxic fumes and health damage. Over many decades new victims have been added every day; it is now time to address the political leaders directly. The poisoning of human beings on flights cannot be tolerated any longer. This issue has been denied by the UK Government and airlines for too long. On 17th September 2017 EasyJet announced they will be fitting filters to their aircraft - Due to "health concerns". Politicians must stop ignoring this issue. Airline regulations must be implemented: aircraft must be fitted with SENSORS AND FILTERS and airlines must be placed under obligation to inform the public! 'JUSTICE WILL NOT BE SERVED UNTIL THOSE WHO ARE UNAFFECTED ARE AS OUTRAGED AS THOSE WHO ARE.' - Benjamin Franklin.
Petition to Sh. Narendra Modi, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Shri K. C. Tyagi, Rajendra Agrawal, Vishnu Dutt Sharma
PM: Ban Cancer-Causing Herbicide Glyphosate and Save Us All
10 deaths. Over 3-4 years. In a small village in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh that no one outside had heard of. The deaths were treated as a natural until a peculiar pattern began to be noticed. All the victims had complained of a lump in their neck or other body parts. The lump was later diagnosed as cancer. Sadly it took more such deaths before the farming village realised all the victims had been exposed to Glyphosate, a herbicide sold under the name of RoundUp or Glycel. It is used on tea plantations, in rice fields and to grow fruits like banana and pineapple. It is now also commonly being used in home gardens. As it turns out this weedkiller is killing more than weeds. It is killing human beings who come in contact with it. Not just in Uttar Pradesh, but in every state and country around the world. In 2015 when the World Health Organisation first confirmed that Glyphosate does indeed cause cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma as well as DNA and chromosomal damage. Immediately many countries banned it on an emergency basis. In mid-May in the US, a court ordered the RoundUp manufacturing company Bayer-Monsanto to pay 2 billion dollars (approximately Rs. 14000 crores) to a couple who had suffered from cancer after using their herbicide). In India, Punjab took the lead by banning Glyphosate in 2018. Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana followed suit. Maharashtra is also planning to ban it. But a nationwide ban is still not in place. That’s because the majority of us Indians, particularly our farmers don’t know about the deadly risk of using Glyphosate. That is why I have started this petition asking the Prime Minister to immediately ban Glyphosate and all its forms to save lives. I am trying to build public awareness on this issue. Sign my petition and help me spread the word. We need to act urgently because pesticide companies are taking advantage of our ignorance. They are sending their agents to approach farmers directly and trap them attractive promotional offers. Farmers get lured because they are told this herbicide is a cost-effective method to kill weeds quickly. What they are not told is the health hazard and risk to their lives. Our Prime Minister cares about farmers and food security. Let’s ask him to ban Glyphosate immediately before it is too late. Sign and share my petition today. #BanGlyphosateInIndia
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
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
Petition to Lalith Katugamola
Make Lakeside St Neots appointment making easier
We need your help to make sure that every body including yourself can get the medicinal care that everyone will require at some point in their lives and due to the difficulty that people have booking an appointment with st. Neots Lakeside surgeries, many people go without Primary Healthcare and later on will require hospital treatment. There is a constant fight in the morning for everyone, being held on the phone for almost an hour at a time and if your phone does not disconnect by that point, you'll find that when you do get an answer all the available appointments have been booked. On top of that walking into the surgery to wait in a huge line is also a major inconvenience and not everybody has the time to do so due to other commitments. This petition is being drawn up so that appointments are released throughout the entire day so that those who are unavailable in the morning can still have an opportunity to make an appointment that could be vital to their health. And for most of those who work, especially for a company only have 15 minute breaks where they find themselves unavailable to book an appointment in such a short time frame. Please sign this petition so that you and all of st neots can be as healthy as possible and help relieve pressure off the emergency services that we all could rely upon. Thank you.
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.