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Petition to Theresa May MP, The Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Michael Gove MP

BAN all crop spraying of poisonous pesticides near our homes, schools and playgrounds!

I have lived in the locality of pesticide sprayed crop fields for over 30 years and have suffered both acute and chronic adverse health effects from exposure to the innumerable mixtures of pesticides sprayed on crops near to my home. In 2001, I started my campaign, the UK Pesticides Campaign, to expose the fundamental failure to protect rural residents from agricultural pesticides. Many millions of rural residents who live near conventionally farmed cropland have absolutely no protection at all from any of the poisonous chemicals that are permitted under Government policy to be sprayed on crop fields all over the UK. In fact, there is actually no protection for rural residents and communities in the majority of other countries around the world either! This is due to the fact that there are fundamental failings in the way that pesticides have been approved here in the UK, and across Europe, as well as on a global scale. As to date, the official method produced by regulators in the UK (and then subsequently used by other regulators around the world) for assessing the risks to people from crop spraying - and under which many thousands of pesticide products have been approved - has been based on the model of a short term 'bystander', occasionally exposed, for just a few minutes, and to just one individual pesticide at any time. Yet this clearly does not address the real life exposure of people who actually live in sprayed areas, as exposure for residents is both repeated acute and chronic exposures over the long-term, it is cumulative, and is to innumerable mixtures and cocktails of pesticides used on crops, throughout every year. (NB. There are approx. 2,000 pesticide products currently approved for agricultural use in the UK alone). This means that pesticides have been approved for decades without first assessing the health risks for rural residents and communities who actually live in crop sprayed areas which obviously includes babies, children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people already ill and/or disabled. This situation is, without a doubt, a catastrophic public health and safety failure on a truly scandalous scale. EU law is clear that it must be established before a pesticide can be approved for use, on the basis of all the required risk assessments, that there will be no immediate or delayed harmful effect on human health. The absence of any such risk assessment for the real life exposure of rural residents and communities means that no pesticide should ever have been approved for use in the first place for spraying in the locality of residents' homes, schools, children's playgrounds, amongst other such areas. Whilst operators will be in filtered cabs and/or have personal protective equipment when using pesticides, rural residents have no protection at all. Instead millions of rural citizens have been put in a massive guinea pig-style experiment and for which many of us residents have had to suffer the serious, devastating - and in some cases fatal - consequences. Throughout my 15 year campaign I have continued to receive reports of both acute health effects, as well as chronic long-term effects, illnesses and diseases, from rural residents and communities (and not only from here in the UK, but also from many other countries around the world). There are so many more horrific stories of people being poisoned from crop spraying near to their homes, and many involve children. The acute effects reported are the same types of acute adverse health effects that are recorded in the UK Government's very own monitoring system. They include, amongst other acute effects: chemical burns (including to the eyes and skin); rashes and blistering; throat irritation (eg. sore and painful throats); damaged vocal chords; sinus pain; respiratory irritation; difficulty swallowing and chest discomfort; coughing; breathing problems; shortness of breath; asthma attacks; headaches, dizziness, nausea; vomiting; stomach pains; flu-type illnesses; and aching joints. The most common chronic long-term effects, illnesses and diseases reported to my campaign from residents living in the locality of crop sprayed fields include neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, Motor Neurone Disease, and neurological damage, as well as various cancers, especially those of the breast and brain, leukaemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, amongst many other chronic conditions. It is now beyond dispute that pesticides can cause a wide range of both acute, and chronic, adverse effects on human health. This includes irreversible and permanent chronic effects, illnesses and diseases. The pesticide manufacturers product data sheets themselves can carry various warnings such as "Very toxic by inhalation," "Do not breathe spray; fumes; vapour," "Risk of serious damage to eyes," "Harmful, possible risk of irreversible effects through inhalation," and even "May be fatal if inhaled." High quality, peer-reviewed scientific studies and reviews have concluded that long-term exposure to pesticides can disturb the function of different systems in the body, including nervous, endocrine, immune, reproductive, renal, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. Such studies have concluded that exposure to pesticides is associated with some of the major chronic health conditions affecting public health in the 21st century. The economic costs of the health conditions that pesticides can cause are massive. Obviously it goes without saying that the personal and human costs to those of us suffering chronic diseases and damage, and the impacts on all those around us, cannot be calculated in financial terms. I myself have also known a number of residents lose their lives, or the lives of their husbands or wives, sons or daughters. It has been heart breaking to watch this happening, especially knowing that if pesticides were not sprayed in the locality of residents' homes then such health conditions would have been totally preventable. Many more residents will inevitably also succumb if the Government continues to fail to stop the spraying of these toxic chemicals in the locality of residents' homes. The first duty of any Government is supposed to be to protect its citizens, especially those most vulnerable, rather than the multi-billion pound pesticides industry and big business. Therefore the UK Government must now finally act to put an end to the scandalous failure to protect rural communities from the cocktails of poisons sprayed on crops. The Government must as a matter of urgency secure the protection of people in the countryside by banning the crop spraying and use of any pesticides and other agrochemicals in the locality of our homes, schools, children's playgrounds and other such areas (eg. nurseries, hospitals etc.) This must be in substantial distances, as small buffer zones won't protect anyone considering how far pesticides are known to travel. For example, scientific studies have found pesticides miles away from where they were originally applied and calculated health risks for residents and communities living within those distances. It is an absolute no brainer that no pesticides should be sprayed where people live and breathe, especially babies, young children, pregnant women, people already ill and/or disabled, and the elderly.  A complete paradigm shift is needed to move away from the use of pesticides altogether to the adoption of non-chemical farming methods, as it goes without saying that no toxic chemicals that can harm the health of humans, (as well as other species such as bees, birds etc.) anywhere in the world, should be used to grow food. Enough is enough! This chemical warfare in the countryside has to stop for the protection of us rural citizens now, and also for all future generations! Please sign my petition to the Prime Minister to help stop this public health scandal. Thank you for your support.

Georgina Downs
3,506 supporters
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Petition to BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Nick Clegg MP, Boris Johnson MP, David Cameron MP, U.S. House of Representatives, NORML UK, Sir Richard Branson


I have a story to tell you about our very own superhero, Kasabian Newton-Smith & his extraordinary family. I actually know this family and of course Kasabian personally and can easily class them as friends. I met Kay (Kas's Mum) 9 yrs ago, when by chance she walked into my hair salon, instantly I saw that she was a friendly, happy, honest, & genuine person and we clicked straight away. I also classed her as a friend straight away! Kasabian wasn't born then but not long after he made a appearance. Even though Kay and I don't txt or speak everyday, nothing changes when we do actually get time! Kay is such a beautiful person, so kind hearted and never judges, she's always there for others, and always sees the best in people. When Kasabian was first diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma when he was 2 years old, he was only given two weeks to live then! So, To save their child the Newton-Smith family and friends rallied round, to raise funds to pay for his treatment in America. I was asked if I would help out and it was a honour to do the first ever head shave on Kay herself in 2009. Kasabian has relentlessly battled his cancers for 7 years, had more chemotherapy sessions & radiotherapy sessions that a grown adult can cope with, and In total Kas had more than 900 procedures in the 7yrs of his battle. He lost his hair three times through the treatment & he's been in remission twice,  Even through all of that Kasabian was just like his mum - So very Kind Hearted, Selfless and Very resilient! He set himself goals by raising money for other charities, and once he'd sets himself a target, you can bet you're life that he'll smash it!  In 2015 sadly more cancers had invaded his body - simply just way too many,  and he had received all the treatment that was/had been available, which ment that treatment options were nil.He was then heartbreakingly deemed as terminal - Devastating! But the fearless youngster decided to kick start the fundraising campaign for PACT charity and did himself a 5k walk in Hillsborough Park June 2015, raising a staggering amount! I was proudly at Kasabian's walk in Hillsborough Park last year, I also arranged a suprise "minion" & "Buzz Lightyear" to walk alongside! And I was really privileged but very saddened to help at the most recent fundraiser at the Wadsley bridge club shaving more heads Nov 2016 .(Actually raising funds for Kasabians funeral)  Even though I only class myself as the local hairdresser I used to make regular out of hours trips to Kays to cut Kas's hair, as he knew that I wouldn't hurt him due to his scar on his head, which was a Complete Honour! I love the Newton-Smith family so much, I've been so fortunate and lucky enough to meet and know such a amazing phenomenon of a young man and family! But Unfortunately witnessed his life in full circle. I will never ever meet anyone like Kasabian in my lifetime again! Simply because - There is only ONE of Kas! Sadly Kasabian Newton-Smith passed away peacefully on Saturday 10th December 2016. It was his 9th Birthday on Thursday 15th December - his first Angel Birthday. A entire community are mourning the passing of a very brave & amazing little boy. 'KEEP SMILING YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR INSPIRING '- Kas - Warrior/Legend  End the bigotry and educate. We don't need to find a cure for cancer, we need to legalise it. #KASABIANSLAW #WARRIOR #LEGEND #1lastsmile4kasabian What if I told you there were MULTIPLE CURES for CANCER  but are suppressed because cancer is worth over £200 BILLION a year ... we don't need to find a cure for cancer, we need to legalise it! Cannabis HAS BEEN PROVEN to have many more benifits to 'OUR' HEALTH, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMY! "KEEP SMILING YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR INSPIRING" - Kasabian Newton-Smith / Warrior & Legend  #KASABIANSLAW #REVOLUTION 

Lisa Middleton
7,747 supporters
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Petition to Secretary of State for Health, UK Parliament

Change The Way Hospitals Investigate Serious Incidents

Overview Meet Jessica Rae Rudland; my daughter described as a ♥ Social Butterfly ♥ by her friends. Very intelligent, bright and bubbly and loves all animals. On Sunday the 2nd August 2015 our beautiful daughter visited the local A & E Department at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. She was, short of breath, and had a persistent cough. There was also a prominent bulging vein on the right side of her neck that looked to be racing.  See Jessica's Story (website) See Jessica's Journey on her Facebook Page 15 Days PostpartumShe had given birth to our first grandchild 15 days earlier, so while she felt fine in herself, to be on the safe side in case of a postnatal infection or pe which we had thought about, we felt she should attend. Jessica skipped jokingly with her Mother across the hospital car park, it was 11:48 pm on a Sunday night. Five hours later with an unfortunate misdiagnosis and no clear treatment plan, the on-call Consultant Cardiologist was called. I remain mystified by the GMC's latest ruling on the #BawaGarba case as it highlights the huge inconsistencies in the GMC Investigation Process. Particularly when Junior Doctors are left to make emergency decisions without senior support, urgent patient review or attendance.  I am human, I do care, this is not a witchhuntAs a member of the public, a parent who has enormous respect for doctors and nurses, concerns and questions raised after a serious incident where severe harm or death has occurred are met with denials, obstruction and no respect for the duty of candour. I hope one day this can change, there is much discussion online, especially Twitter all about #patientsafety and many organisations profess to support 'openness and transparency' when things go wrong. My experience is they do not, I am no longer in the minority either. Many people share the same experience I have endured. Jessica's treatment and management were remotely managed, even though lengthy delays, phone discussion and extensive treatment meant she was perilously close to what was later described as 'peri arrest'. Jessica finally went into cardiac arrest in resus. Jessica was in a coma for three and half weeks, had Sepsis and multiple organ failures, dialysis and subsequently, she got transferred to Papworth Hospital, but she suffered an anoxic hypoxic brain injury. Help promote a specific escalation processI am hoping this petition may help promote a specific escalation process (worldwide) that I feel should be in place for pregnant and recently-pregnant patients presenting as an emergency. This was a recommendation made by Dr Pam Chrispin after the fourth (SI) investigation report. This report should have identified 'the multiple systemic failures within this Trust, that were later identified' but it did not. The impact on our family was catastrophic as we rallied to care for her newborn son who is now two and it's been life-changing for everyone involved, not least of all Jessica.  The SIRI Process (SIRI) V1With this in mind, the Ipswich Hospital launched a SIRI (Serious Incident Requiring Investigation) to determine how this had happened. Currently, most NHS SIRI's are conducted internally by members of the same hospital and investigate their work colleagues. ‘The lack of escalation to senior colleagues at an early stage, or to contact specialist advice, is concerning in retrospect. There seems to have been a failure by some clinicians to recognise the potential for the patient to deteriorate suddenly, and in those who did recognise it, this was not communicated. The practice of leaving a nurse during her preceptorship period caring for a complex patient after anaesthesia without apparently adequate supervision is also concerning. There also seems to have been a culture of poor documentation and lack of care relating to making and keeping notes.’  The changes we proposeSIRI's must never be conducted internally, by colleagues or anyone who has a conflict of interest with the NHS Trust involved. As in maternity deaths, there is hope new laws will force trusts to independently investigate serious incidents in the future. I hope this will be enforced. I have collated over 64,000 words from all the meetings held with staff members from The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust which have been transcribed into text documents. All accompanying audio recordings have been retained, should there be any confusion about the contextual information within this petition.

Chris Rudland
1,478 supporters