6 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, David Cameron MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP

Make Asthma Inhalers Free

Hi, my name is Kira. I am a 20 year old in the middle of my second year of college and I am getting ready for university this year.  When I was a baby, I was in and out of hospital for asthma attacks and ended up having several hospital visits throughout my childhood for my asthma. As I got older, these visits died off and my asthma started to regulate under asthma inhalers and pills. When I got to secondary school, I had started to get more asthma attacks and it made my school work very difficult. When I got to year 10 and 11 I had more asthma attacks and my inhalers didn't work properly and again, my school work was impacted upon even more than before since I was working on my GCSEs. Last October, I had another attack but luckily it was only a mild attack.  When I turned 19 last year, I had to start paying for my inhalers and a lot of the time end up skipping out on getting my repeat prescriptions because I cannot afford it. I cannot afford a pre-payment certificate and therefore end up going through the blue inhalers a fair few times a day because I cannot afford my preventer inhaler.  I know other people have the same difficulty as me and I want to be able to get the cost of asthma inhalers cut because just from my own experience, the simple fact is, I cannot breathe. I cannot afford the prescription to be able to breathe, and you have to pay to stay alive which I find quite frankly, absurd.  I want others like me to be able to get their prescriptions and to be able to breathe well, and it also covers things like bronchitis and other lung issues like pneumonia and pleurisy that cause people to need inhalers to be able to breathe. My aim is to try and get all inhalers to be free, much like contraceptions are and other medications for certain illnesses.  And most of all, I don't want to be relying on the blue inhaler to keep me out of hospital anymore.  **************************************************** The cost for prescriptions have now gone up to £8.80 from the 1st April 2018  *************SECOND EDIT****************** I have been awarded the HC2 certificate eventually but it is still a big issue, and it takes a few months for you to *possibly* get awarded this. If not, you still have to struggled like I did at the beginning of last year (when I turned 19).    *********************EDIT*********************** I have had a lot of response regarding this, and so I am going to take a risk and give people an email address to contact me on should they wish to talk to me about the issue. My email is:    I hope everyone who wishes to contact me does so, and I will keep people updated on things as the time goes by!

Kira Gibson
5,434 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Jeremy Hunt, Julie Elliott

Ban the contraceptive pill Rigevidon in the UK

I am a 24 year old woman who nearly lost her life in December 2016 due to taking the contraceptive pill Rigevidon. The reason why I am starting this petition is because I know of many people who are still being prescribed this contraceptive pill despite the influx of young girls and women like myself suffering from deadly blood clots as a consequence.  I hadn’t felt well for some time and kept returning back to my local GP. Then a few weeks before Christmas I genuinely felt like I was about to die; I couldn’t keep awake and I couldn’t even walk around the house. I went back to my GP approximately 3 times in a week when they diagnosed me with pneumonia. I was prescribed antibiotics but then 2 days later I woke up coughing up a large amount of fresh blood. I went to A&E where I was very nearly sent home due to ‘looking well’ and it most likely being a nasty infection. After getting a second opinion, they opted to run some tests and it was only then that they discovered I had multiple blood clots in my lung which would have most likely killed me should I not have been treated that day. After a year of tests, doctors have concluded that this was a result of taking the contraceptive pill Rigevidon. Doctors told me that I was statistically 1 in 1,000,000 to suffer a pulmonary embolism at my age but I believe that blood clots as a result of this contraceptive pill are a lot more common than that. Exactly a week before it happened a family friend who is a similar age suffered from a massive blood clot in her leg as a consequence of also taking Rigevidon. The fact that I know someone close to home who has also been through a similar thing as a result of being prescribed Rigevidon indicates that it is a lot more common than one may think. There are women who have tragically lost their lives as a result of taking this contraception due to suffering from blood clots.  It absolutely horrifies me to think that this contraceptive pill is still being prescribed by the NHS. It is known as being one of the ‘cheaper’ contraceptive pills available but when that results in lives being lost and young women like myself having their lives completely turned upside down through their recovery, it really isn’t worth it. The side effects from this specific pill are not safe and fortunately I am one of the lucky ones. That is why I am taking it upon myself to fight for change. Women deserve better than to have their life potentially ended or ruined by Rigevidon. I plead with Jeremy Hunt to take this matter seriously and ban this specific brand of contraceptive pill in the UK. If the horrendius experience that I have been through over the past 18 months can help even just one other woman, then it will have been worth it. One life is one too many for the sake of a cheap and unnecessary contraceptive pill when there are much safer alternatives available.  Thank you, Lauren  

Lauren C
184 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Jeremy Hunt

Provide Tapering Strips for people who want to withdraw safely from antidepressant drugs

Provide Tapering Strips to help users who want to stop taking drugs for anxiety & depression Psychotropic prescription drugs (such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anxiolytics) are often very difficult to stop taking. Many people experience difficulties stopping or reducing their drugs even with the support of Doctors and Psychiatrists. Research indicates that more than 50% of users will experience significant withdrawal effects. Yet this is little recognised by doctors.  Because stopping or reducing these drugs is so difficult, many people feel trapped into taking these tablets for many years, giving them side effects and costing the NHS money in providing unnecessary prescriptions. In 2016, the UK NHS spent £780,000 per day just on antidepressants. Many of these drugs cause a physical dependence and the best way to avoid any unpleasant symptoms is to reduce the dosage slowly over an extended period. As it is now, many people who want to stop have no option but to reduce to the lowest possible dosage then “jump off” which can be extremely challenging. Some users simply carry on taking a drug beyond the point at which it was effective and useful to avoid the challenge of stopping. Providing a safe method by which people can gradually reduce their psychoactive prescription medications helps patients and helps doctors too. A Dutch research team from the User Research Centre of Maastricht University, led by Dr Peter Groot and working with the not-for-profit Cinderella Therapeutics foundation have created the solution that this petition is calling for. Over 2,000 people have already been helped by this solution. More details are available on this website:   What we request We want the UK medical authorities to trial and implement Tapering Strips which provide the most commonly prescribed medications in decreasing doses over a period of time.  We need Tapering Strips to help the millions of users of psychoactive pharmaceutical drugs because: Many tablets are only available in increments that are so large that they are useless for gradual lowering (tapering) of the dose.  Liquid forms for some medications are available but tend to be hugely expensive and therefore the NHS will not provide them.  Pill cutting is, at best, a hit and miss affair and can lead to withdrawal effects. Many doctors and psychiatrists confuse the symptoms of withdrawal with a return of the symptoms that the tablet was originally prescribed for. Tapering Strips would save a significant amount of time for General Practitioners, Psychiatrists and Community Mental Health teams. They would help users of psychiatric medications stop taking them safely and in a controlled fashion, giving them control over their drug intake. This solution exists and has already helped over 2,000 Dutch patients. We should adopt this approach UK wide and learn all we can from the Dutch researchers leading the study. This is vital work, and the solution is elegant and brilliantly simple. For more information visit:

James Moore
4,449 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to lorraine belmonte, fibromyalgia organisation, doctors

Recognise fibromyalgia as a disbilitating illness

We fibro suffers are unable to find jobs due to our illness we are NOT faking it and (i know personally) can not find employment as we can not be trusted to get to work every day whether part time or full time...  But at the same time are unable to claim any disabilty rewards or proper health care and medication   I myself am a 42 year old woman with two small children and it tugs badly at my heart that I can not be the same parent for them as most small children have   5 mins of running around and thats me out for the rest of the day may even several ...picking my son up from school always tires me out and i just collapse once home    I hardly sleep due to the pain im in at night  which makes me groggy the next day My short term memory has just disappeared to the point i am now having to write EVERYTHING down so as not to forget...and yes sometimes i even forget where that book has gone to...   I wish to go to work as sitting around in doors can sometimes be a lil bit boring  and get out and make new freinds...but as soon as you tell employers about your illness they politley say NO and who can blame them..   I just want more help with my medication I want it to be recognised as an actual illness and disibilty I want help to make my live better to live in for ME but most of all my FAMILY    Please sign this potition for me and 10's of other sufferes in the UK  help give us a voice   help us to be heard a little lOUDER xx   We need this to be seen as bad as it is like they do in AMERICA 

lorraine belmonte
10,185 supporters