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Petition to Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Steve Double MP, Sheryll Murray MP, jeremy hunt mp, UK Government, Steve Brine MP, Lord Andrew Lansley CBE, Sarah Newton MP, Philip Dunne MP, Caroline Dinenage MP, Lord O’Shaughnessy, Stephen Barclay MP, Derek Thomas MP, Scott Mann MP, George Eustice MP

Implement scanning for all UK newborn babies for Hip Dysplasia

I am re-raising this issue as it is something that has personally touched my life and since being diagnosed in my teens I have faced years of multiple surgeries and continuous pain. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute suggests 9 out of 10 cases of hip dysplasia are only diagnosed during adolescence or adulthood and is the most common cause of hip arthritis in women younger than fifty, and the reason for 20% of all total hip replacements in the USA. Early diagnosis, prevention, and simple treatment is the best solution An ultrasound scan could pick up this 'silent' condition and allow the child to have less-intrusive treatment rather than surgery later on in life. Dysplasia, when detected within the first few weeks of life, can usually be corrected by simply placing the baby's legs in a special harness for about three months. Hip dysplasia is a condition where the 'ball and socket' joint of the hips don't properly form in babies and young children. Implementing scanning for all UK newborns for hip dysplasia and ensuring immediate less-intrusive treatment if found could reduce lifelong surgery and disability. It is said that 'If all babies were scanned and treated in their first 6 months of life it would reduce dysplasia surgery by 90%'. The NHS is incredible and this is in no way meant to cause offence to them as they provide incredible care but we all know the NHS is in financial crisis. The cost of scanning all newborns and treating those with hip dysplasia early is far cheaper than the costs of finding it later with inevitable repeat surgeries, joint replacements, education and career disruption, disability benefits and treatment for depression and chronic pain. We currently check babies using the 'Ortolani test' which is a manual examination where both legs are gently grasped and rotated outwards - a clicking sensation indicates a possible abnormal hip. This manipulation test can unfortunately be unreliable even in experienced hands. It is also suggested that hospitals do not always pick up on bilateral dysplasia as it works on one hip feeling different to the other.  It is estimated that up to 50% of abnormalities remain undetected, even though babies are routinely examined twice - once soon after birth, and again at the six-week postnatal check. Hip Dysplasia is often known as a “silent” condition. It does not cause pain in babies and doesn’t normally prevent them from learning how to walk at a normal age. So if the diagnosis is missed it may not become apparent until a toddler starts walking with a limp which then can only be corrected by surgery. In girls it is often not picked up till adolescence. This is something that needs to change. I beg you to look into this issue and for everyone to sign this petition so we can activate change. This is not a preventable condition yet scanning babies will result in avoiding the need for surgery later in life and cases of disability. 

Alice Bell
10,199 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Department of Health / An Roinn Sláinte, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health, Regina Doherty TD, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Finian McGrath, Minister of State with Responsibility for Disability Issues

Support for a secure Medical Card for all persons with disabilities

This petition will be presented to the Taoiseach, the Minister for Health, the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and the Minister of State with Responsibility for Disability Issues on September 25th 2018.   The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Education and Skills, and Health recently published their report on ways to assist people with disabilities who are moving from education to employment.  You can find a full list of recommendations here. One of their recommendations was as follows:6.4 A number of speakers highlighted the loss of their medical card and/or travel pass as a significant disincentive to entering full-time employment. Without a medical card, people with disabilities are forced to fund aids themselves. These costs are not factored into the HSE’s online means test for medical card applications, and the means test also fails to take into account the number of hospital and doctor visits a person with a disability will have to make throughout the year.  Recommendation: The Committees propose that the fact of having a disability be a qualification criterion for possession of a medical card.    Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have been silent on this proposal at the time of writing (20.8.2018) Sinn Féin, in their Prioritising Disability document, stated that if in Government they will award an automatic medical card to every child in receipt of the Domiciliary Care Allowance and introduce a secure medical card for adults with disabilities.   

Is Mise Advocacy
250 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Helyn Clack, Bill Chapman, Helen Atkinson, Kate Shields, Ken Gulati, Claire Murdoch, Philip Hammond, Kwasi Kwarteng, Duncan Selbie, Dr Andy Brooks, David Hodge

Keep Blanche Heriot Unit at St Peter's Hospital Open

Blanche Heriot Unit at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey has been serving the people of North Surrey for 25 years but is now threatened with closure. The Unit provides services in sexual health, HIV and other areas of genito-urinary medicine with some 15,000 attendances in 2016. These include patients with other health issues such as vulva/genital dermatology, cancer and pre-cancer and chronic pelvic pain.  In addition to the clinics held at the Blanche Heriot Unit itself, clinics are held every week in 5 local prisons and at Royal Holloway, University of London. The Blanche Heriot Unit also provides inpatient HIV services at St Peter’s and works closely with the neonatal unit. The Blanche Heriot Unit is currently run by Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust but is now caught up in a contract jointly commissioned by Surrey County Council and NHS England for sexual health and HIV services in Surrey. There was only one bidder for this contract - Central & North West London NHS Trust (CNWL). CNWL have committed to run the Surrey contract at a saving of £2million per annum over 3 years. CNWL have indicated that they will not be retaining services at the Blanche Heriot Unit but have given no indication as to how these services will be provided elsewhere to the same high standard and level of accessibility. The contract was due to start on 1 April 2017 but CNWL have already run into problems in the “mobilisation” stage causing Surrey County Council to extend the existing services at the Blanche Heriot Unit by six months. However this is only a temporary reprieve. The Unit, and the services it provides, remain under threat. The decision makers in this process have not engaged with, or consulted, the patients who depend on the Blanche Heriot Unit. This is your opportunity to ensure that the patient voice is heard. Sign & share the petition. Write to your MP. Make the case for the Blanche Heriot Unit and its dedicated, expert staff to continue to serve the people of North Surrey. If you would like to get more involved with the campaign contact us on Thank you for your support.

Blanche Heriot Unit Patients
3,115 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Local authorities, UK Parliament

Stop children with special needs entering the care system

There are many families like ours struggling to get their children the right support, My son has ASD (autism spectrum disorder) ADHD and ODD (oppositional defiance disorder). My son is the most loving and gentle child, he is thoughtful and bright. Unfortunately he can be extremely challenging and aggressive some times, this isn't his fault, he can not control his behaviours, he has high functioning autism, yet for years he's not had any help or support to be able to identify or deal with his conditions, despite the whole family begging and pleading for support. We have spent years advocating for Tylers needs, attended meetings, training courses, and specialist parenting groups, he's stayed with family members all of which have tried to support tyler the best they can. Unfortunately my son was arrested this year, no child should have to go through this, he doesn't choose to be this way. This resulted in him being placed in care to protect his younger siblings, my son hasn't had access to education for almost a year, which just isn't acceptable, he is being failed by local authorities, he's is just a child. It has become apparent that the local authorities need training in ASD to be able to identify and protect children. Too many families are forced to put their children in care as they are unable to get the support to meet their children needs and to protect others. Placing a child into care doesn't help the child, their behaviours are consistent where ever they are placed, it's wrong that any child is away from their parents especially when their family have fought so hard to protect them. Any child should get the support they need and deserve. I'm sure there's many parents like me out there and we need to raise awareness. These situations shouldn't occur, it is neglect and it is the child that suffers further trauma being away from those who love them, and the parents are destroyed.

Rhia marshall
890 supporters