health and safety
Petition to The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Prof Dame Sally Davies, Dr Duncan Selbie
Provide tests for Group B Strep to prevent any more avoidable deaths of newborn babies
My partner Scott and I should have been sharing our son Edward Gili’s first birthday last month. But instead of having that exciting first year to celebrate and many more to look forward to, we had just 9 precious days to spend with our beautiful son. Edward was cruelly taken from us as a result of contracting group B Strep infection at birth. On average, one newborn baby a day in the UK develops group B Strep infection. One baby a week dies from group B Strep infection. One baby a fortnight who survives the infection is left with long-term disabilities - physical, mental or both. It is the UK’s most common cause of severe bacterial infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months. Group B Strep is a normal bacterium carried by around 1/4 women, without symptoms and usually unknowingly. It can be passed from mother to baby around birth with potentially devastating consequences for the baby. But these consequences are usually preventable and that’s why I’ve started this petition with the charity Group B Strep Support. Unlike many other developed countries including Germany and Spain, the UK does not routinely offer tests to pregnant women specifically to check for Group B Strep carriage during late pregnancy. If doctors know a mum is carrying GBS, they can administer simple antibiotics during labour to prevent the infection - over 80% of these infections could be prevented. However the GBS-specific ECM (enriched culture medium) test is rarely available through the NHS. Since 2003, the UK has used ‘risk factors’ to guess which pregnant women might be at risk. Risk factors are poor at predicting which babies will develop the infection -- the number of babies infected is growing, we need to stop guessing and start testing. The ECM test costs the NHS £11 each and the antibiotics used in labour (usually penicillin) cost the NHS pennies. Had we had ECM tests in place, Edward Gili could be here today for us to see his first steps and hear his first words. We can’t afford to lose any more lives, we can’t afford not to do this.
Petition to Greg Hunt MP
Help us bring a pharmacy to Rockbank
Woodlea at Rockbank is one of the fastest growing communities in Australia and on completion it will be home to 7,000 homes and 20,000 families. With over 1,900 blocks sold to date, the emergence of a community of thousands is imminent. Rockbank residents require access to basic community facilities such as a pharmacy and medical centre now. We are disappointed that the current Federal Government guidelines don't allow for a pharmacy to be provided within 10kms of the nearest existing pharmacy. The distance to Caroline Springs is 9.6 kms and to Melton is 6.7kms, which is inconvenient for local residents who deserve access to health services in their local community. We believe that due to the speed of growth and 1400 residents living at Woodlea by the end of 2017, combined with the already established population of 1,300 people at Rockbank, there are enough residents to support the approval of a pharmacy now. We request that the Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, use his discretionary power to approve a pharmacy within the Woodlea Sales Centre at 25-27 Woodlea Blvd, Rockbank, Victoria 3335.
Petition to Secretary Of State for Health
Lower the age for bowel cancer screening in England to 50
Exactly a year ago today, my family was dealt an earth shattering blow when my mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She was 55 at the time, and we were told soon after, that the cancer was terminal. She started chemotherapy immediately after diagnosis, but it was unfortunately too little, too late, and she passed away in March this year, a week after her 56th birthday. Screening for bowel cancer is available on the NHS, but only from the age of 60. However, in Scotland they start screening from the age of 50. Finding this out was quite a bitter blow. If we lived in Scotland my mum would have already been screened three times before she was finally diagnosed, increasing her chance of being diagnosed earlier and increasing her chance of survival. Screening isn’t foolproof, but Bowel Cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK and if caught in its earliest stages it’s curable. Cancer research published earlier this year found that if bowel cancer is caught in its earliest stages, there is a 97% chance of surviving 5 years. But if the cancer is caught in its later stages there is a 7% chance of survival. From figures I have found through research, I've estimated that up to 6000 people a year are being diagnosed with bowel cancer in their 50's. Considering they have had no screening available to them at all, I wonder how many of those like my mum are being diagnosed too late. My Mum was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. She was utterly selfless, loving and wonderful. Unfortunately nothing can change what has happened to my family, and we are having to live with our grief and heartbreak. But if by fighting for this change, even one family are spared this kind of loss then I think it's worth it.
Petition to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka
His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena, SAITM, Malabe is not a recognized medical College of SLMC. Dr. Nevil Fernando has failed to maintain Standards of Medical Education through out. But he claim SAITM as a Medical Faculty when SLMC refuse that. Please Nationalize SAITM and protect standards of our Medical Education Thank you
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 Louise Goldsmith, West Sussex County Council, Jane Mosely
Cease the oil exploration activities of Cuadrilla in Balcombe. Revoke your decision to allow Cuadrilla to flow-test.
The work of Cuadrilla poses an unacceptable level of risk to our water supply, air purity and overall environment. We, the undersigned, stand opposed to exploratory drilling or fracking for gas or oil because we believe that these activities put human health at risk, both of those living close to wells, but also of those whose water comes from an affected area. Fracking involves initial exploratory drilling. This process needs a flare to burn off excess gases, there will always be a level of toxicity involved in flaring, which in our case will be 1.2 kilometres from the centre of our village. Evidence from abroad shows that these flares are dangerous and health problems have been associated with living close to these flares. There have been no studies conducted to prove the safety of the drilling/flaring/fracking process in the conditions we have in Balcombe. Exploratory drilling involves putting chemicals into the ground, as does fracking. Evidence from abroad also shows that it is all too common for wells to leak with time. This has led to contamination of water supplies and, as a result, health problems in humans and animals. In Balcombe we are at the thin end of the wedge. To make fracking wells profitable, multiple wells need to be drilled every few miles. Many areas across the country will soon find themselves under pressure to accept a drill company into their midst. This form of energy production is polluting and will only increase our reliance on fossil fuels, whilst also contributing to the escalation of carbon emissions into our atmosphere. This investment should be channelled into renewable resources if we wish to create a world fit for our children to live in. France, large regions of Germany and Holland, and New York State, among others, have moratoriums in place on fracking for these very reasons. Please support us in our campaign, by supporting us you help support the fight against fracking countrywide. We hope to use this petition as a barometer to send to those agencies involved in making the decisions to allow Cuadrilla to drill or not. This does not replace making your own personal representations to the various bodies involved (The Environment Agency, WSCC, HSE, DECC, your MP) Thank you,
Petition to Theresa May MP, The Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Andrea Leadsom 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.
Petition to Theresa May MP
Bereavement Leave to be given to all Grieving Families
Did you know that if a loved one dies your employer doesn't have to give you time off from work? 3 days seems to be the normal time given. My son Jack died suddenly just before his 2nd birthday and I was to discover the lack of entitlement . Please sign this petition to ask the government to Create Bereavement leave to protect other families. While many good employers offer compassionate leave, there is no statutory right to leave and this campaign aims to introduce two weeks of paid bereavement leave for the death of a Child and members of the immediate family. In the immediate aftermath of the death families have to cope with their individual loss, the grief of their wider family, including other children, as well as a vast amount of administrative and other arrangements such as the funeral and in some cases a post Mortem. Just three days off for a family death is an anomaly and I ask for your help to have this amended. I am supported in my campaign by many organisations who feel the same as I do. Grief can effect us at different times, it's something that we learn to cope with but it never leaves us #talkingishealing