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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
6,401 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Jeremy Hunt,, Phillip Dunne, Nicola Blackwood, Simon Steven, Ian Dodge, National Director for Comissioning Strategy, NHS., Professor Dame Janet Finch

Give every mother the chance to save people like Ruby with cord blood donation.

Last year, my friend Ruby cancelled a playdate between my daughter and her two children because she felt unwell and needed to see the GP about a worrying lump. That lump turned out to be a complex form of blood cancer and now, within 3 months, Ruby is desperately searching for a stem cell donor to save her life.The more people that register to donate, the higher the chance those like my friend Ruby have to find a match and survive. We learnt that there’s a really easy way to donate stem cells by giving away umbilical cords after childbirth. Only 6 hospitals offer this service to donate through the NHS and the charity Anthony Nolan offer collection at 4 additional hospitals. This can save a person’s life but not enough people know that they can do this. That’s why I’m calling for more awareness and opportunities to donate umbilical cords.  Ruby, 37, is from El Salvador via Australia and now lives and works as a social worker in London. Since being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lympho-Leukaemia, she’s soldiered through two rounds of intensive chemotherapy in hospital.At times she has been separated from her children because of the risk of toddler colds to her compromised immune system – she heard her daughter Sofia, who was one in February, say ‘Mama’ for the first time through Facetime. One hospital that lets you donate is Barnet General and is local to me. I gave birth to my daughter at another hospital because I wasn't made aware that cord blood donation was possible. Had I known, I would have chosen to do so especially now seeing my friend fight for her life. It hurts to know that we missed such an easy chance to potentially save a life. Many of Ruby's friends and family have become parents recently and we were all astonished at how little cord blood donation is publicised and offered to new mothers. There are hundreds of thousands of wasted opportunities for those desperately searching right now.Sadly, Ruby is not alone. Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer and 2,000 people a year will need a life saving stem cell or bone marrow donation from a stranger. It is even harder for those like Ruby from diverse backgrounds to find a match. Ruby is passionate about letting people know about the lack of diversity on the register and improving the chances of all people.We call on the NHS and Central Government to increase the opportunities for (and education around) donating cord blood to help people with blood disorders so that people like my friend Ruby have a chance of survival.Thank you.---Support Ruby, Sam, Daniel and Sofia at Facebook Page : 'Register for Ruby'  Google Search:  'Register for Ruby' You can also quickly and easily register to go on the database for donation yourself as an adult (if between 17-55 and in relatively good health) at DKMS. Please read, register and share.

Elspeth Fuller
56,217 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to NHS24

Add an option for mental health crises to NHS24's helpline

As a user of mental health services, I am often referred to NHS24's phone number (111) as something to turn to in a crisis - i.e. if I feel a danger to myself or others and cannot cope, particularly during unsociable hours or other times that a GP surgery is closed. At the beginning of a call to NHS24, when triage options are given to the caller, the addition of a number devoted to mental health-related crises would make a huge difference. Callers looking for medical help for an infant can press 1. Those looking for emergency dental help can press 3. Why is there no option on the phone menu for mental health-related calls? Follow-up questions could include whether the caller has harmed or plans to harm themselves; if they are alone; if they have a CPN, and if they are feeling suicidal. Rather than spend the usual 13+ minutes answering irrelevant medical questions whilst in a heightened emotional state with little self-control, callers could be treated in a way more suited to their state. The situation can often be escalated by call-takers confused by procedures and unable to help.  Whilst Breathing Space, the Samaritans and similar services are available to offer valuable help to those with low mood or other mental health issues, they are not medically trained or equipped for crisis situations. These helplines are routinely trained to respond to people who feel they are a danger by suggesting the caller hang up and dial 999. I know I am not alone in feeling that emergency services aren't quite suited to treat my illness, and often can aggravate the situation. There are many stories from myself and thousands of others which prove we just simply do not do enough for mental health patients in Scotland. Being able to get through to the right person on NHS24 could go a long way in preventing the need for emergency services to become involved in mental health crises.

Emma Roddick
361 supporters