Petition to Boris Johnson
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 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 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 by the name of Moradeun Balogun, 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 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 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.
Petition to Department of Health
To ensure a coordinated package of aftercare for all families following the loss of a baby/child, which will involve Midwives, GPs and full support networks.
In December 2012 we lost Charlie Arthur Curtis to Potters Syndrome after 19 minutes of life. Whilst in hospital the care we received was excellent, however once we stepped outside the hospital doors we found that there was little or no support out there for bereaved/grieving families. The support we received fell well below any standard a grieving family should receive. We want our experience to help improve the support available to other parents and families in the future. In Leeds alone there are 32,000 people awaiting bereavement counselling. The wait for counselling can be anything from 6 - 18 months. Surely this cannot be right. Bereaved families need support as soon as they leave the hospital. If each family were to be given a carefully coordinated personalised aftercare package their journey through grief could be made easier. We need your support to help get the Health Department to change their bereavement services throughout the UK. We know we can make a difference with your support. Already we have been able to generate much discussion within the NHS in Leeds.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Campaignrachel@ufofreight.com 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 email@example.com 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!
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.