8 petitions

Update posted 2 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
3,084 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Sport Imperial, Imperial College London

Save St Mary's pool, Imperial College London

Imperial College London have taken the decision to close the swimming pool at St Mary’s Campus this summer after 80 years, citing the need for cost savings across campus services. With no prior warning or consultation senior decision makers at Imperial College and Sport Imperial have announced the closure of the popular swimming pool due to financial reasons and the supposed low usage amongst Imperial staff and students. Not only is this decision deeply disappointing, short-sighted and unjust but it is also directly opposed to Sport Imperial’s current strategy of promoting mental and physical wellbeing amongst the college community, encouraging participation and access to sporting and health facilities at all levels. Serving the community for the last 80 years St Mary’s pool is a vital asset to a wide cross section of students, staff, sports groups, former employees and students, local school groups, local church groups and the wider local community. The pool is a vital asset not only for its health benefits but also for boosting mental wellbeing amongst users and has hosted many sports groups including the synchronised swimming and water polo teams, who were recently relocated to the South Kensington campus. Established in 1930 as a facility to support students keen to stay fit, the pool also boasts developing the talent of international sporting stars. It is difficult to reconcile Sport Imperial’s current strategy with the decision to close the pool, which is one of the last remaining sporting facilities at St. Mary’s Campus. Their assertion that maintenance of the pool is financially unsustainable contrasts with offers of increased funding from local schools that regularly use the pool which have been declined. Furthermore Sport Imperial did not attempt to raise money by any other means, for example through extended opening hours, increased membership fees or by allowing the pool to be used by Imperial’s many student societies and sports clubs. Existing alternative facilities available to users at South Kensington and other College campuses are already at maximum capacity and are not a viable or practical option for the St Mary’s community. This proposed solution would also not help members of the public, or NHS staff based at St. Mary’s, on whom the college depends for its medical teaching and world-class research. There are many research benefits of Imperial College maintaining a campus alongside St. Mary’s Hospital. While it may be convenient for Sport Imperial to centralise its facilities in South Kensington, the decision to close this much-loved pool, echoing an earlier move to close the squash courts and sports hall housed at Wilson House, suggests that staff and students at St. Mary’s are at best an after thought and at worst an inconvenience, for whom the benefits of working and studying at Imperial College do not apply. A campaign group made up of regular pool users from Imperial, the NHS, local schools and the wider community has been set up to fight this move for closure.  Please support our campaign and save our pool. Danny Laydon, Research Associate in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology states "I have used St. Mary’s Pool throughout my PhD and post-doctoral research, during which time it has been a wonderful resource and a hugely positive factor in my work life balance and health. It has also helped my mental wellbeing at times of family crisis, and other users have told me that it has been a source of similar comfort to them. I strongly believe that the pool has increased my productivity, and it being in the same building has made it easy and fun to exercise (it also provides a much-needed incentive to work on a Saturday). Through swimming at St. Mary’s, I have made friends from outside my own department and had the rare pleasure of participating in a shared experience with the wider community. The decision to close the pool is deeply sad, short-sighted and disheartening. I hope that Sport Imperial reconsider". Postgraduate student Sophie Korenhof agrees "the swimming pool at St Mary's is a good place to rest your mind in between study hours. It being so close is a big advantage, at South Kensington the pool can be quite busy". Nathan Godleman a pool users based locally to Paddington concurs “I have been using the pool regularly for nearly a year now. It is a special place and a real community facility. Over eighty years of continuous use! How much good it has done and continues to do for so many! Why threaten to close it now?” We the undersigned strongly oppose the closure of the pool at St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London. We request that Sport Imperial reverse their decision and consult with St Mary’s Campus management to find sustainable ways to fund the facility and expand its use. Please also read the article in Felix:

Save St Mary's Pool Committee
2,697 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

Create a Mental Health Children's Premium for Schools

THE PROBLEM: 1 in every 10 children (that's 3 in every class!) has a mental health problem Suicide is the biggest cause of death for boys aged 5-19, and the second biggest for girls in the same age group Nearly a quarter of children referred to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) are being turned away. Waiting times can be as long as 6 months for a first appointment and 42 weeks for the start of treatment. According to the CentreForum Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health: ‘State of the Nation’ report:  "Mental health problems are linked to premature mortality and can also be life limiting. Young people with an emotional disorder are more likely to smoke, drink and use drugs than other children; more likely to have time off school and fall behind in their education; and are more likely to earn less money as adults or to experience unemployment. As well as the personal cost, the estimated long term cost to the economy of mental health problems is £105bn a year. Some of the risk factors for mental health problems are common occurrences in young people’s lives, such as long term physical illness, bereavement and parental separation or divorce. It is therefore essential to have provision for early support and intervention when such life events that are potential triggers occur, to prevent longer-term mental health issues from developing. Unfortunately, the provision for early intervention and support is simply not there, as the report shows. THE SOLUTION:  If the system isn't working, we need to change the system.  Much more money and effort needs to be put into prevention of mental illness, rather than hoping that limited funds and resources will be sufficient once it's already too late and a child's mental health has been compromised.  Schools can access 'Pupil Premium' and 'Sport Premium' funding.  We believe that ALL schools should have access to a new fund - 'MENTAL HEALTH CHILDREN'S PREMIUM' (#MHCPUK)- for preventative interventions to be available to ALL children.  Schools will then be able to spend the funds in whichever way they feel is best to support their children's mental health.  They may wish to provide their teachers with additional training, or to bring in external programme providers, or a combination of any possible measures.  The important thing is for an annual amount to be 'ringfenced' for this purpose so that every school can support every child with preventative mental health interventions that will enable children to thrive and flourish in all aspects of their lives.  Not only is this a moral obligation we have as a nation, but it makes economic sense, too (see 'the problem', above).  Please help make the MENTAL HEALTH CHILDREN'S PREMIUM a reality.  Sign the petition and share it. Spread the #MHCPUK hashtag and spread the message. Improve children's lives in the present and in their adult future.   ANOTHER WAY YOU CAN HELP: We want to find out the views of parents, educators and others with an interest in children's wellbeing.  Can you complete this very brief ANONYMOUS questionnaire, please?   

RWS | Resilience Wellbeing Success
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