nhs cuts

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Update posted 2 weeks 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
2,968 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to home office

Stop the unfair deportation of a brilliant and committed NHS doctor.

  Dear all, I am petitioning on behalf of a close friend, mentor and colleague of mine who is a doctor in the NHS. She is facing enforced removal from the UK in 7 days as a result of what is an extremely unjust decision by the Home Office. She is originally from Malaysia. She graduated from Manchester Medical School and has been working as a doctor here since. She completed two years of Foundation training and a further two years of Core Medical Training and has since fully qualified as a medical registrar. Following this, she applied for a Specialty Doctor job at a hospital in Liverpool. Unfortunately, her working visa was rejected two days ago on the basis that her application did not meet the requirements of the 'Resident Labour Market Test'. This is a process whereby a job has to be offered to a British/EU citizen before it can be offered to a migrant worker. Her visa was refused despite being able to provide evidence that the requirements were met. Her job had been vacant for many months and advertised more than once, but yet she was not allowed to fill a post which now remains vacant. As a result, her passport has been seized and she will be liable to enforced removal from the country from 19 Oct 2017. The minimal timeframe given is almost impossible to sort out a new job or application despite her best efforts. She is a dedicated and hardworking doctor and has spent the last 4 years of her life contributing to the NHS. Along the way, she has helped to train other junior doctors like myself. As her colleagues, we can tell how much she loves her job. She has built her life here and her house and fiancé are here. The NHS is already suffering from a national shortage of doctors, yet she is being forcibly removed from the country where she can contribute. This story may sound familiar as sadly, her case is not unique. Just two days ago, a Malaysian doctor with the exact same circumstances also had her visa refused on similar grounds. Her campaign is here and has gathered more than 18000 signatures. Fortunately, her decision was overturned following an outpouring of public support and intervention from her local MP. There is no common sense in deporting a highly-skilled and dedicated doctor when this is what the NHS so desperately needs. There is no justice in a dedicated doctor losing everything that she's worked so hard. I urge all of those that disagree with this inexplicable decision and unfair treatment of a dedicated NHS doctor to sign this petition. I will be sending this petition to the Home Office and her local MP in the hope that this decision will be overturned. Please share it a widely as you can as we need all the support we can get. Thank you very much for your help.  

Halima Choonara
7,063 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to John Penrose, Jeremy Hunt, James Rimmer

Save Weston-super-Mare General Hospital Accident and Emergency Department

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION WE DEMAND THAT THE A&E DEPARTMENT AT WESTON GENERAL HOSPITAL IS RETAINED AT FULL CAPACITY!! The Accident and Emergency Department at Weston-super-Mare General Hospital is under threat. It has been announced that from July 4th 2017 it will be closed from 10 pm to 8am every night, The Weston Area Health Trust claim that this is down to patient safety concerns raised by a Care Quality Commission inspection done in the last few weeks, but in reality this has been planned as part of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for well over 6 months. The Hospital Executive flatly denied this Closure was going to happen, and not without a full public consultation, when approached by the Weston Mercury Only 6 Days later without consultation they announced the closure would you want a 30 mile journey in the middle of the night if your child falls ill?Would you want an extra 30 mile journey to your nearest open A&E if you suffered a Heart Attack or Stroke in the night?....and this is complicated by the current lack of sufficient ambulance cover across the whole of the West of England.Contrary to the claims made by James Rimmer, Chief Executive of Weston General Hospital it's obvious that the downgrading can do nothing but damage patient safety, and we are concerned that this, so called, temporary solution will quickly become a permanent situation.Weston's Conservative MP, John Penrose, agrees with the closure, calling it "essential", yet he made no mention of the closure during the General Election Campaign, which concluded only days before, even though this was raised at the local hustings he attended. The closure will also shift additional load onto our nearest neighbouring A&Es at Taunton Musgrove Park Hospital and The Bristol Royal Infirmary; both of these hospitals are facing their own cuts in A&E services under the STP.. Why should the residents of Weston-super-Mare be collateral damage to this Tory Government's unnecessary austerity cuts? Why is our A&E losing night time doctor cover? Other smaller hospitals are retaining theirs. With an expected resident population of 220,000 in the near future for North Somerset,  our above average elderly population, and our increasing tourist trade bringing a huge summer surge, surely it's madness to reduce our emergency facilities? We had 200,000 visitors over the Air Show weekend (17-18 June 2017) alone! PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITIONWE DEMAND THAT OUR A&E DEPARTMENT IS RETAINED AT FULL CAPACITY!! (This petition will be presented in to the Weston General Hospital Executive Board on 4th July 2017)

Weston-super-Mare Constituency Labour Party
6,054 supporters