health and safety
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 The Rt Matt Hancock 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 in May 2015. 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, two babies a day in the UK develops group B Strep infection. One baby a week dies from group B Strep infection. One baby a week 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 Entertainment Agencies, South Korean Government
Mental Health Support for Artists in the Entertainment Industry
After what happened with SHINee's Jonghyun, we consider that it's been time, since long ago, to ask for the mental health support the people in this career need, because they are human beings, and mental health issues affect everyone and should not be ignored. With this we want to ask all entertainment agencies to make a plan or program to monitor mental health in their employees not for the company's interests, but for their artists' well-being and a back up for the employees that the program won't be used against them and harm their careers but to help them get back on their feet. We also want this mental health support to be extended to all industries, because mental health issues are not just imagination, they are sickness in their brain, that deserve attention just like cancer. This is a serious matter and should be given the importance it has. Art by @gehenna1986 (twitter)
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 Adrian Dix, John Horgan
Mandatory Vaccines in BC (with medical exemptions)
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION*PLEASE . Get in contact with your MLA. That will be much more effective than this petition. To find the contact info for your MLA you can go to : https://www.leg.bc.ca/Pages/BCLASS-Search-Community.aspx?PlaceFirstLetter=A&fbclid=IwAR2auozkS6O0GklNU0NIo_i6jYZ4W-b38nxppthf5OWfF7dLLYCLSMcBMl8And don't forget to write our Minister of Health Adrian Dix as well.HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca250 953-3547The last time it was checked, less than 1/4 of the schools in the Lower Mainland had 90% or more vaccination rates. When vaccine rates fall below 90%, everyone is now at risk, even those who are fully vaccinated. http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Half+Lower+Mainland+elementary+school+vaccination+rates/9848273/story.html Currently we do not request vaccine records to enroll in our schools. The current policy is that if there is an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease, those without vaccines are requested (but not forced to) stay home. The biggest problem with this is that most of the diseases (chicken pox, measles etc) have a 10 day incubation period in which the patient can be contagious without showing symptoms. This puts our weakest children (cancer patients, immuno compromised) at great risk. Each year the number of outbreaks increase. It's time to get back to eradicating these preventable diseases and protecting our Province. We parents, friends and family of the students of British Columbia request to amend our current enrollment policy to include mandatory vaccinations - except with medical exemption. Thank you for your time and support!
Petition to Andy Burnham,, Canal & River Trust
Put barriers up on the Manchester canals
Last March 19 year old Charlie Pope went missing. His body was found the next day by divers searching Rochdale canal. It seems he fell in and died. It shook our community here in Manchester to know that this young man, who had his whole life ahead of him, had lost his life to something that could easily have been prevented if there were barriers in plans.That’s why I’ve started this campaign calling on the Canal and River Trust and Manchester’s Mayor, to install permanent barriers around Manchester's canals.It’s been estimated that 100 people a day use the part of the canal near where Charlie was found. You can’t put a price on a life and this small measure could help prevent many more lives being lost.Charlie’s dad is supporting us with this campaign. Please support us too by signing and sharing. Thank you.
Petition to President
Please reverse your adrenaline pen recommendations
As a mother of a child with life threatening allergies I am very concerned to read that the BSACI Guidelines state the majority of patients that carry adrenaline auto injector pens should require only ‘1. This is stated clearly in the October 2016 guidelines and has led to slashing of previous prescriptions of 2 to 1 by Doctors without any form of ‘ risk assessment ‘. By prescribing only one adrenaline pen you may well reduce the chances of surviving anaphylaxis. Each pen lasts approximately 5-10 minutes and the patient needs another, before being prescribed steroids in hospital. My child is only 14, in a stressful situation she could easily misfire her pen, pens have also been reported as malfunctioning. Ambulances services in the UK are over stretched with many taking over 20 minutes to arrive in an emergency ( regular reports of up to 40 minutes ) and it has been known for them to arrive without the required medication . We also have written confirmation from the head of ambulance services that 999 Anaphylaxis calls are now triaged, with many calls not being treated as a code red response . The BSACI guidelines also state that people in rural locations will require a 2nd AAI, but not others. You are therefore imposing restrictions on the right to travel wherever the patient wishes. This is totally unacceptable and in my opinion discriminatory. Your recommendations are not in line with prescribing guidelines issued by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) who both recommend TWO pens to be carried at all times. Your recommendations have lead to anxiety and stress for many patients and their families who live with enough anxiety already. They regularly have to fight to obtain a previous agreed prescription, no new ‘ risk assessment ‘ just talk of reducing costs to the NHS by their GP. Please reverse your decision, live's will be lost if doctors follow your recommendations , for the sake of saving £26 a year, per pen . #alwayscarrytwo #carrytwo