Petition to Matt Hancock, Liam Fox
Keep our NHS out of US Trade deals
As part of his visit to the UK, Donald Trump has just said that the NHS must be on the table as part of any trade deal with the UK after Brexit. This is a serious and direct threat to the NHS that we all know and love - so I’m calling on our government to guarantee that our health service will never form part of ANY trade deal, nevermind one with Donald Trump. Our NHS is a vital public service, it must remain protected from commercial exploitation. As an NHS Doctor I know how valuable our health service is. First and foremost I care about my patients, and I’m seriously concerned that this could be the beginning of the end for high-quality healthcare for all in the UK. Opening up the NHS to US corporations would mean that the profit motive invades our NHS, patient data is up for sale, access to healthcare is rationed and we would be staring at a system, as in the USA, where if you can’t pay you don’t get care. Decent healthcare is a human right and should never be a commodity to be bought and sold. Let’s send a message to Donald Trump to keep his hands off our NHS and ask the UK government to explicitly guarantee that it will never form part of a trade deal with America, nor any other trade deal Our NHS is there for all of us at the best and worst times of our lives, it’s part of our identity, and it is not for sale. Please sign my petition to help protect our NHS Dr Sonia Adesara, Junior doctor and member of Keep Our NHS Public
Petition to Bristol local authority, NHS England government, NHS England commisioners, Government
Help get my son Eddie out of hospital
Right now our family is forced to travel a 600 mile round trip from Bristol to Newcastle to see our beloved son Eddie who is currently detained in hospital under the mental health act due to his disabilities and his mental health. At 13 years of age Eddie's complex difficulties (which included an autism diagnoses, ADHD, dyspraxia, a sensory overload disorder, attachment difficulties and a learning disability) came to a head and it was decided by doctors and his school that Eddie needed to be treated in a specialist facility. This was the week my world ended. Due to his learning disability Eddie could not access any local hospitals or facilities. After a short placement in Northampton Eddie has ended up being placed in Newcastle - that’s a 600 mile round trip from our home. We either have to fly or endure a 5 hour train journey each way. With a job, 3 other children and no flights to Newcastle on weekends this isn’t a trip I can manage regularly. As a result of this distance I have missed my son growing up. We were assured at the time Eddie would only be there for 9 months to a year for assessment and treatment, we are now 3 and a half years down the line with no progression. Eddie should not be expected to live so far from home in such an environment - family help aid recovery and with us on the other side of the country he can’t have that. The hospital he is in now is very caring and child focused but this can’t replace a mother’s love or the care of a family. For 3 years I haven’t been able to be with Eddie, talk to him, reassure him, tuck him up at night, help him get dressed, meet his friends, share a meal, give a him a hug or a good night kiss. I know we are not the only family going through this - I hope reading yet another petition about a child sent so far from home for treatment will encourage change. The local commissioners, NHS England and Bristol Authority need to look at a bespoke placement For Eddie. It would be more cost effective to the tax-payer, it would free up a mental health bed, it would mean Eddie could have regular and well needed care and visits from family. I also want the government to look at a South West provision for children with needs like Eddie. It is not acceptable for families to be expected to travel 600 miles to see their child. There is clearly a demand for it. I look to you all to sign this petition so the government have to at least see what they expect us to go through- It is not our fault our child is disabled - he is loved but even that must be hard for him to feel when he is so far from home.
Petition to Theresa May MP, NHS, Caroline Dinenage MP, Department of Health, Stephen Barclay MP, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Matt Hancock MP
Eating Disorders are not just about weight #dumpthescales
Having being hospitalised and on the brink of death from anorexia once before, when I relapsed in 2016 I was terrified of ending up in hospital again. Getting to that point where I would lose control. That relentless anorexic voice nagging at me day in and day out.After four months of battling with that voice in my head I decided it was time I reached out for help. I referred myself and got an appointment at an Eating Disorder Unit in London only to be told “I wasn’t thin enough for support”.I left the appointment not sure what to do, all I had wanted was someone to talk to, someone to take my relapse seriously and to give me some help. I felt like a fake. A hypocrite. The month that followed was a mess. I couldn’t shake that anorexic voice that was slowly destroying me again, making me feel suicidal, taking over my every waking moment. One evening I sat at the train station for hours and just wanted to give up on life altogether. I remember thinking about how much better life would be for everyone if I wasn’t here. Something stopped me that evening ending my life altogether and I had this realisation that if I wasn’t thin enough for treatment I would have to manage this on my own. My story isn’t unique but a daily occurrence for people with all eating disorders who are seeking treatment. When asked to imagine someone suffering with an eating disorder, most will imagine a stick thin, gaunt looking girl. But this is not the reality of eating disorders. People with eating disorders are currently not getting a fair deal in society. Despite the guidance too often individuals are turned away from receiving essential support because they aren’t skinny enough to be considered at risk. This leaves the individual feeling like they aren’t worth getting that support, feeling like a “fake”, potentially losing more weight to hit that target and in some cases feeling suicidal. This is why I’m calling on the government to review the eating disorder guidance delivered by clinicians. We know that early diagnosis is a critical element in the success of treatment for eating disorders and by the time 'obvious' signs of eating disorders have manifested, it is likely that the illness will have become ingrained in the individual, and therefore much more difficult to treat. If we want to prevent people getting more unwell, save the NHS money, prevent hospital admission and save lives we need to have this review and ensure that we get full implementation of the clinical guidance around diagnosis. The guidelines are right but these are not being uniformly implemented across the nation to the detriment of thousands of people daily. It is time we stopped waiting for people to hit crisis point before offering them support. We need to be able to make sure that people with eating disorders are getting the right support in a timely manner. With 1.25 million people in the UK living with an eating disorder we can’t afford to wait any longer the time to act is now. #DumpTheScales
Petition to Theresa May MP, http://www.theipsa.org.uk/ , Jeremy Corbyn MP
Freeze MP's Pay in line with public sector
why is it Public sector pay has been frozen for years and yet the MP's have had pay rises as high as 12%. This petition is for them to have their pay increases frozen at 1%. Why should they not endure the hardship that we, the people who put them in government have to suffer.
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 Matthew Hancock MP, Theresa May MP
Give us PrEP in England!
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a pill that can protect users from HIV. If used properly, it can be extremely beneficial to users and can allow a positive and negative partner to engage safely in sexual relations, without fear of contracting HIV. How can I access PrEP? Well, it is currently available through NHS Scotland. NHS Wales have initiated a three year trial called 'PrEPARED' and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland are offering the drug through a project that will last two years - with no cap on numbers. What about England? The drug is only available at selected clinics and is limited to 13,000 'high risk' individuals in England. I believe that, due to the success of this drug, it should be provided to all those requiring it across the United Kingdom. Currently a postcode lottery and poverty are limiting access, these factors should not determine whether or not a person can be effectively protected against HIV. I hope that this petition garners popular support, so that we can achieve real change and build a brighter future by saving lives. See our latest press coverage here: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/harleston-man-s-prep-petition-1-5806554 More useful information can be found in this article: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/prep-what-is-hiv-medicine-prevent-available-uk-nhs-trial-truvada-world-aids-day-a8654041.html
Petition to Theresa May, UK Parliament
Lowering the cost of prescriptions that are needed for mental health medication.
Mental health medication can be expensive for those who are most vulnerable. We want to strive to reduce the cost of this vital medication for those who need it the most.
Petition to The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Expedite Regulation of Physician Associates
Physician Associates are healthcare professionals educated and trained to the medical model. They work alongside doctors to diagnose, formulate treatment and management plans, and treat patients in a variety of settings throughout primary and secondary care. They are science graduates whom undertake 2 years intensive postgraduate study & clinical training and possess a broad skill set. They compliment the multidisciplinary team, and studies have shown the role to have a positive impact on patient care, turnaround times, physician burnout and junior doctor training. Although there is a managed voluntary register run by the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians, currently there is no legal requirement for regulation of the profession. As a result, physician associates are unable to meet their full potential and cannot undertake non-medical prescribers training or request ionising radiation, despite being educated to the required level. The role is rapidly growing with more universities offering the course, and large numbers of PAs qualifying each year. Therefore, regulation is imperative to ensure patient safety, and to enable physician associates’ skills can be utilised to their full potential. Progression of the proposed Physician Associates (Regulation) Bill 2017-19 through parliament has stalled, but this should be considered high priority in the interests of safe and efficient patient care.