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Petition to Nationwide

Ann Kelk's Petition - Nationwide Employee's Health Benefits

Our Mum, Ann Kelk, was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer in May 2019. As lots of you know, our Mum is such a positive, amazing woman who does anything for anyone. She has been a Nationwide employee for 30 years and when she began her chemotherapy, we were really grateful that her healthcare cover, provided by Nationwide, allowed her to have this privately.  Unfortunately Mum's cancer has spread, meaning her chemo needed to change to fight this horrible disease. Her consultant, an amazing man, advised that a drug called avistan would be the most effective treatment. Imagine our Mum's horror when her healthcare provided by Nationwide said they could no longer cover her, as her cancer is now secondary. The drug is not available on the NHS, and costs around £2,500 a month, which is not an option for my Mum and most people.  My Mum would have got private health insurance had she known that the healthcare policy provided to Nationwide employees who have been with them for a long time, were going to pull the plug on her cover when she needs it most. Their argument is that "it says in their policy that secondary cancer is not covered." My Mum's argument is that when given a healthcare "benefit" for being a loyal employee of 30 years, you do not search through the terms and conditions which are on their intranet somewhere, in the view that one day you will get secondary cancer and therefore not be covered. We therefore believe that Nationwide are providing an inferior cover to employees which they do not actively make their employees aware of. This is not normal practice and other healthcare covers do pay out for secondary cancer -it is extremely rare and disgraceful that this cover will not cover people with secondary cancer. Mum's consultant has also expressed his disbelief  at the fact that Nationwide will not provide sufficient healthcare cover. I quote what he said: "I am also struck by the fact that the healthcare benefit apparently excludes cover for patients with metastic disease. This is the first example of such a policy I have encountered. Given that metastic cancer is the commonest cause of death in the U.K, the current benefit provides false assurance to employees that their health needs are covered, when in fact it appears to exclude them when most needed." We can not express the stress this is causing- having a drug that you know could save your life dangled infront of you, to then  be told that you don't have - I quote - "a fixable ailment" (Which was said by Nationwide's director, who looks after the healthcare benefit scheme and who is supposed to ensure that it is fit for purpose) so therefore you can't have the drug or further chemotherapy under private healthcare. Our Mum is more than happy to have the chemo on the NHS, but the drug she desperately needs is not available to her through the NHS. Imagine having to deal with having cancer, and then your treatment pulled because you no longer fit the policy's terms and conditions. These are people's lives we are talking about and we were disgusted with the responses Mum has had. Nationwide do not seem to want to associate themselves with the whole situation, yet they happily promote employees having healthcare benefits to make themselves look like they care. When it's come to it, they haven't fought for our Mum, knowing that this drug could save her life. The most frustrating thing is had our Mum known the policy was that outdated that it didn't cover secondary cancer (1 in 2 people get cancer), she would have happily paid into a private cover and not be in the situation of funding 2.5 grand a month for a drug she needs. This petition is to: A. Ensure Nationwide employees are educated on what the healthcare cover they are given as an "employee benefit" actually covers  B. Ensure they review their policy, which they have admitted in an email hasn't been changed since the 1980s, to cover secondary cancer. It seems their approach is well you're not a quick fix, so we're not paying out for you!  C. Ensure that no other family have to go through what my Mum is - being given false hope and being let down when she needs it the most.  Mum's good friend who is also a Nationwide employee has also had the same experience with Nationwide. We hope friends and family and employees of Nationwide will support Ann. Thanks for reading.    

Amy Lucy (was Kelk)
3,967 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to Airport Authorities

Standard Policy for Insulin Pumps at Airport Security

INTRODUCTIONDue to potential damage, insulin pump and CGM manufacturers advise that the medical devices should not be exposed to x-ray screening and full-body airport scanners. Regulations allow passengers with these medical devices to ask for an alternative security screening process, for example a pat-down supported by ETD (explosive trace detection).  Please click here to see the current statements from the major manufacturers Medtronic, Roche and Freestyle Libre. To follow our progress, see our Campaign Timeline.  There have been many negative experiences at airport security, including our own harrowing experience when my family were held in an airport police room for over 2 hours and denied access to an aircraft due to my son’s insulin pump, which resulted in this global campaign. Please click here to read other passenger's comments. Our aim is for airport security officers to recognise that insulin pumps and CGMs are medical devices that should NOT go through x-ray machines or full-body airport scanners and should be subject to alternative security screening and that failure to do so could swiftly cause medical consequences. NEW UK MEDICAL DEVICE AWARENESS CARDAs a direct result of our campaign, a Medical Device Awareness Card sponsored by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Airport Operators Association (AOA), which covers both insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring systems (CGMs) was launched on 13 February 2019. The advantage of the live link to the card is that it’s available immediately - you can even download it to your mobile devices at the airport if you have forgotten it. However, I have had 125mm x 85mm double-sided versions of the Medical Device Awareness card printed - the perfect size to tuck in your passport! I am happy to provide the printed card free of charge upon receipt of a stamped addressed envelope (UK only). Please email for details. NEXT STEPSOur Medical Device Awareness Card was presented at the September 2019 meeting of the Stakeholders Advisory Group on Aviation Security (SAGAS) in Brussels by Jonathan Hogben, Senior Adviser of the Aviation Security Regulation team at the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The group is hosted by the European Commission and attended by Member States and Industry bodies, including, among others, ACI Europe, IATA, ICAO, ECAC and EASA. Details of our campaign and reasons why the card was needed were presented along with the recommendation that the Commission fully endorse the card and Member States consider replicating and disseminating the card through the same means as the UK. We are delighted to say that the Commission gave its endorsement of the card and made a commitment to aid with future dissemination and translation throughout Member States. ACI Europe also stated they would take up the issue with its members (over 500 airports) and look to translate the card into all of the ICAO languages. We will keep you to-to-date with developments as they happen and would like to thank our friends at the UK Civil Aviation Authority for their tremendous support. I am also continuing my dialogue with airports, airlines, the NHS and diabetes associations to spread awareness of the correct security protocols. RACHEL HUMPHREYHead of WHAT YOU CAN DOKeep signing and sharing this campaign and if you have a poor experience at airport security, please report it so we can act by emailing me on with the following information; the airport name, date, approximate time, flight number and a description of what happened. Feel free to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see updates! 

Rachel Crawford
13,479 supporters
Update posted 10 hours ago

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.  

Trudie Dadd
126,777 supporters