Ban skinny catwalk models!France’s National Assembly has made it a criminal offence to employ dangerously skinny women on the catwalk. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32987228. Under the new law, anyone running an agency employing undernourished models below an as-yet undefined Body Mass Index risks a six-month prison term and a €75,000 (£55,000) fine. Magazines will also have to indicate when a photograph of a model has been digitally ‘touched up’ to make her look skinnier or bulkier or face a €37,500 fine or up to 30 per cent of the sums spent on advertising. Spain bars models below a certain BMI from featuring in Madrid fashion shows, and Italy insists on health certificates for models. Brazil is considering demands to ban under-age or underweight models from its catwalks. The World Health Organization considers people with a BMI below 18.5 to be underweight and at risk of being malnourished. Presenting anorexic or malnourished models as fashionable figures encourages young women to adopt unhealthy eating patterns, and wrongly categorises natural feminine curvaceousness as 'fat' and unfashionable. For the truth about the modelling industry see http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2013/jul/05/vogue-truth-size-zero-kirstie-clements.
Save Poole Hospital A&E and MaternityOur A&E and Maternity units at Poole Hospital are essential for local people. The road networks between Poole and Bournemouth are dismal and travel times are very unpredictable, particularly during the summer season. This means that the proposal for closure of these essential departments is extremely worrying. Local A&E staff, paramedics, doctors, midwives and police all have deep concerns about these departments being closed or relocated since longer journey times can put lives at risk. Poole Maternity unit currently caters for mums from a wide geographical area and travelling to the proposed new site in Bournemouth would be time consuming for pregnant women and their families which could potentially result in delays in treatment and care. Poole Hospital needs to keep its successful maternity service so it can continue to provide safe and effective care to the community. Other departments within Poole Hospital will also be put at risk if the A&E unit closes including Paediatric and Neo-Natal care - this is appalling for local people. A&E and Maternity units are vital services for patients - why should people in Poole be put at risk by poorly thought through and misguided cost-cutting like this? PLEASE STOP THIS MADNESS.
Save 'outstanding' flagship HIV charity the Sussex Beacon from cuts to servicesIn a recent article by GScene Magasine, it was advised that Brighton based HIV charity The Sussex Beacon faces the prospect of closing services, including its ten bed inpatient unit, following a reduction in funding it receives from the NHS. The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to people living with HIV through inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV each year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in September. Changes to local commissioning arrangements have led to a reduction in funding from some statutory funders. The Sussex Beacon has already lost funding with further cuts likely to follow in the near future. The charity costs over £2 million a year to run and the Charity Trustees say they cannot continue to absorb these cuts. While many people living with HIV are now able to live long and healthy lives, there are still many who need specialist services. Last year The Sussex Beacon’s inpatient unit had 233 admissions and was full for the majority of the year. It provided over 2,000 bed nights, relieving pressure on both health and social care services in Sussex. Please use #SaveTheSussexBeacon when sharing to help build momentum and to let the Sussex Beacon staff see what you are doing to help
Make the abuse of Dementia and Alzheimer's sufferers a specific offenceThe provisions that are available are not robust enough as the offences keep happening. The victim could be someone you know...someone you love...it could be you...but, what is certain, is those affected become progressively more vulnerable, less able to communicate their abusive treatment and less able to defend themselves against those who's behaviour is indefensible. It is therefore down to us to protect them...it is down to us to bring about change so that the law becomes the instrument it should be and protects those who cannot protect themselves...and, importantly, it no longer responds leniently towards those who show no humanity in the treatment of those entrusted to them.
Nationalise the NHS deptCurrently our health service is in crisis and are failing to deliver a service that we, the tax payer are paying for. The mill stone of PFI is bringing the national health service closer and closer to the door marked private health service and this Government is pushing it closer and to closer to this door unless we stand up and be counted. Make no mistake the smoke and mirror of free at the point of delivery is just that smoke and mirrors and by tomorrow we will no longer have a national health service. Waiting times are through the roof, Junior doctor being victimised and bullied into accepting a new contract not fit for purpose by Jeremy Hunt. Ambulance services on their knees and patients are suffering and dying because of staff shortage and stretched resources to pay off the PFI bill and not because Junior Doctors do not work, which they do, on weekends. The PFI are forcing Health services to make cuts across the board and this is to reduce the wage bill so that share holders are paid there dividends at the end of the month. So if we want to save our health service then we need to nationalise the PFI dept and to this end we need to be patitioning our local MP's to suppor the nationalising of the PFI's
Back funding for the NHS in Worcestershire not cuts!The NHS is a lifesaver, more cuts isn't the answer. It is free at the point of delivery, if we need treatment at hospital we don't leave with a bill as in other countries. Privatisation and outsourcing is not the answer either. The NHS needs funding but instead NHS bosses in Worcestershire are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. There’s a funding gap, and two hundred community beds are earmarked for closure across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, for estimated 'savings' of £230 million, these are not savings but cuts! The NHS is already at breaking point, and the facts show that this Government has not been funding it adequately, we are now experiencing the biggest sustained fall in NHS spending in any period since 1951. (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/guidelines-policy/underfunded-underdoctored-overstretched-nhs-2016).
Stand up for NHS funding in Worcester: Robin WalkerNHS bosses in Worcester are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail - but there’s a £336m funding gap and two hundred community beds are earmarked for closure across Hertfordshire and Worcestershire. It looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren’t the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it’d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, Robin Walker, to stand up for the NHS in Worcester. So far, he’s spoken out for funding for one local hospital but it's a bigger problem than that.
Scrap PIP (Personal Independence Payment) & restore DLA (Disability Living Allowance.)http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/the-great-benefits-row-channel-4-dispatches showed the extent of the problems faced by disabled people of all sorts in claiming Social Security Benefits. People with "invisible disabilities" e.g. mental health issues face particular problems in these assessments. I wrote a UK gov petition which was rejected on the ground that someone had created something 'similar.' I believe that to be a quite spurious response to the serious allegation, "PIP assessments are not fit for purpose. They are especially unfit where non-physical disability predominates. The result is that people who used to qualify under DLA, and whose condition may actually have deteriorated, are suddenly found not to fit the PIP 'criteria.'" During the Channel 4 programme shown 11.4 2016, various people agreed with the premise that PIP assessments are not fit for purpose. The assessments are covert, superficial and unfair especially where mental health is the presenting issue. There is clear bias in these assessments and that constitutes discrimination against people with "invisible disabilities." If you agree then please sign the petition and pass it on to your friends and family and networks. Thank you.
Help Stop 200% Penalty Fines From NHS Business ServicesHolders of NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificates are disadvantaged by low incomes and sometimes by medical conditions. This might make keeping track of the certificates expiry date difficult and treatment may be unknowingly accessed when the certificate has recently expired. The current system enforced by the NHS Business Services Authority targets vulnerable people in various ways. Firstly they do not send any reminders when the certificate is due to expire - can you imagine if insurers took the same approach! Secondly if your card has expired and you receive medical treatment, even though you might still meet the criteria to be eligible for free treatment you will still be fined. I found this out first hand. Thirdly this fine is approximately 200% of the cost of the medical treatment. I offered to pay the cost of treatment but that wasn't enough, the NHS are demanding a 200% fine - how is this fair? Lastly when you are told of the fine the letter tells you that if you still met the exemption criteria to call them. I tried this and when you call they reprimand you for the certificate expiring and are not interested that you were still exempt. If the financial industry worked in this way the ombudsman and or government would take action to resolve this. The NHS is actively discriminating against vulnerable people and making their situation worse. How can this be legal? It certainly isn't ethical and I want to start this campaign to protect others who find themselves in this situation. Please sign and demand a fair and just situation for vulnerable people.
Sort out the NHS PFI debt NOWThis is about enabling the preservation of the NHS and making all demonstrate that in a very powerful way, they do value it, by putting their hand in their pocket directly, the crowd funding concept? This would achieve many things, including increasing the sense of ownership and responsibility felt by all those who contribute to securing the future of the NHS by putting money in the pot to pay off the PFI outrage, which is a desecration of all we do hold dear.
Make it a legal requirement for public broadcasters to show disability sports more regularlyAspire Campaign was launched as we feel that there needs to be an equal opportunity for developing disabled athletes as well as other fans to watch their favourite disability sport on a more regular basis aside from the Paralympic and Invictus Games. There are endless amounts of events that do not get any media coverage, which should, to assist in doing exactly what the London 2012 games intended to do ''inspire a generation.'' Without the media coverage on a more regular basis, how can budding Paralympian's have sporting role models to look up to and aspire to be like how can these young people be expected to develop without being able to see how disabled professional athletes play their chosen sport. Not just this but there are endless possibilities to the positive effect that having disability sport on TV week on week will have, not only to inspire the next generation of young people to take up different sports but it will have a positive effect across the board of society, from the young and developing players right through to the high profile developed Paralympian's themselves. Most importantly how can a generation of Paralympian's be inspired by events that only happen every two - four years. The following links merely scratch the surface but are examples of events that we think should get better publicity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDm-WGl62MI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsSMKAXlHeA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iwV1Ykv1ZI http://www.euro2015.uk/euros/ https://www.facebook.com/Internationaler-Mainhatten-Cup-778030228967531/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b80m3LF6W_4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu2pczN0ejs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmXJXGBp3Eo http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2017-02-02/fixers-want-more-coverage-of-disabled-sports/
Stand up for NHS funding in Lewes: Maria CaulfieldNHS bosses in Lewes are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail - but there’s a £864m funding gap for Sussex and East Surrey. The plan is short of important detail on how it'll close the funding gap without cuts or closures to services. But it looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren’t the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it’d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, Maria Caulfield, to stand up for the NHS in Lewes. So far, it doesn’t look like she’s said much. But if thousands of us sign a petition asking her to demand the NHS gets more funding, it’ll show her that she needs to speak out.
Stand up for NHS funding in South Cambridgeshire: Heidi AllenNHS bosses in South Cambridgeshire are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail - but there's a £504m funding gap, and there'll be a "review" of A&E services. It looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren't the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it?d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, Heidi Allen, to stand up for the NHS South Cambridgeshire. So far, it doesn't look like she's said much. But if thousands of us sign a petition asking her to demand the NHS gets more funding, it'll show her she needs to speak out.
Save Inner London's only Disability GymAbility Bow is the only place in inner London that provides long term rehabilitation to help people who have a disability, an injury or a long-term health condition. For many it is be a life-changing experience. There are thousands of people that Ability Bow has helped over the last 10 years. Margaret and Witman are stroke survivors who regained full use of their bodies after doctors wrote them off. Albert had a spine broken in two places and learned to walk again. Shona avoided Gastric Band surgery. I had muscular dystrophy and extended how long I could still walk. We are asking for the assistance of a government partner to safeguard the future of this vital service. I do not know where I would be without this place. I started this campaign to raise awareness and make sure that people get the help they need to improve their lives.
Stand up for NHS funding in Redditch: Karen LumleyNHS bosses in Redditch are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail - but there’s a £336m funding gap and two hundred community beds are earmarked for closure across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren’t the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it’d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, Karen Lumley, to stand up for the NHS in Redditch. So far, she’s spoken out for funding for one local hospital but it's a bigger problem than that.
Stand up for NHS funding in Colne Valley: Jason McCartneyNHS bosses in Colne Valley are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail - but there’s a £91m funding gap in West Yorkshire and this may affect the five specialist stroke units and several mental health services. It looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren’t the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it’d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, Jason McCartney, to stand up for the NHS in the Colne Valley. So far, it doesn’t look like he’s said much. But if thousands of us sign a petition asking him to demand the NHS gets more funding, it’ll show him that he needs to speak out.
Stand up for NHS funding in Bedford: Richard FullerNHS bosses in Bedford are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail -but there’s a £311m funding gap for Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton. The plan outlines proposed major changes to specialist hospital care in order to ensure those services are 'financially sustainable'. It looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren’t the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it’d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, Richard Fuller, to stand up for the NHS in Bedford. So far, it doesn’t look like he’s said much. But if thousands of us sign a petition asking him to demand the NHS gets more funding, it’ll show him that he needs to speak out.
Stand up for NHS funding in Weaver Vale: Graham EvansNHS bosses in Weaver Vale are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail - but there’s a £900m funding gap in Cheshire and Merseyside which could lead to cuts in A&E and mergers with hospitals in Liverpool. It looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren’t the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it’d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, Graham Evans, to stand up for the NHS in Weaver Vale. So far, it doesn’t look like he’s said much. But if thousands of us sign a petition asking him to demand the NHS gets more funding, it’ll show him that he needs to speak out.
Stand up for NHS funding in Thurrock: Jackie Doyle-PriceNHS bosses in Thurrock are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail - but there’s a £630m funding gap across Mid and South Essex. Three hospitals and potentially two of the area's A and E’s could lose services. It looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren’t the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it’d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, Jackie Doyle-Price, to stand up for the NHS in Thurrock. So far, it doesn’t look like she’s said much. But if thousands of us sign a petition asking her to demand the NHS gets more funding, it’ll show her that she needs to speak out.
Stand up for NHS funding in Bury North: David NuttallNHS bosses in North Bury are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail - but there’s a £1bn funding gap across Greater Manchester. Services in paediatrics, maternity wards and care for people with learning difficulties could all be reduced. It looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren’t the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it’d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, David Nuttall, to stand up for the NHS in North Bury. So far, it doesn’t look like he’s said much. But if thousands of us sign a petition asking him to demand the NHS gets more funding, it’ll show him that he needs to speak out.
Stand up for NHS funding in Croydon Central: Gavin BarwellNHS bosses in Croydon are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail - but there’s a £828m funding gap across South West London, and the A and E’s in the area are “under review”. It looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren’t the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it’d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, Gavin Barwell, to stand up for the NHS in Croydon. So far, it doesn’t look like he’s said much. But if thousands of us sign a petition asking him to demand the NHS gets more funding, it’ll show him that he needs to speak out.
Stand up for NHS funding in Derby North: Amanda SollowayNHS bosses in Derby North are drawing up plans to cut and close local services. The plan is short on detail - but there’s a but there’s a £355m funding gap, and nearly 500 hospital beds across Derbyshire could close. It looks like big changes are on the table. Cuts and closures aren’t the only option. If the government gave the NHS the money it needs, it’d mean decisions like these could be made with patients in mind, rather than saving money. We're calling on our MP, Amanda Solloway, to stand up for the NHS in Derby North. So far, it doesn’t look like she’s said much. But if thousands of us sign a petition asking her to demand the NHS gets more funding, it’ll show her she needs to speak out.
Let Peterborough Breathe - Clean Air PetitionPeterborough is one of the most car friendly cities in the United Kingadom with its transport links and parkways. Air pollution is increasing more and more through new distribution companies being attracted to the city and people moving to the city due to work. We urgently need to be reduce Peterborough's air pollution in order prevent this affecting resident's health and wellbeing. Peterborough is wanting to be the UK's Environmental Capital. By addressing increasing air pollution in our city this would send a clear message to the rest of the UK that our political representatIves are concerned and proactively wanting to address this serious situation and find a solution. Air pollution causes permanent lung damage in babies and young children and exacerbates lung and heart disease in older people, and particularly affects people living in the city centre and near busy roads. In 2014 air pollution levels reached record highs in Peterborough with people complaining of breathing difficulties. http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/environment/health-worry-as-air-pollution-quality-in-peterborough-hits-worst-level-1-5978333 London and other cities are implementing Clean Air Zones. Peterborough should not be left behind. The people of Peterborough deserve healthy, clean air.
Helping the Homeless in swanseaI have always had a passion for this but after this last week when actually met a homeless person at first I just gave some spare change but I found I could not walk off so I went back and asked them if they would like to come for a cup of coffee which they did thank god because it was freezing outside we ended up chatting in a café for hours and I found out lots about them. the fact is some people just need a little support and encouragement and they can pick themselves up again just by stopping to ask them if they wanted a coffee I actually made a friend and he may now even have a job lined for him my aim is to walk the streets of Swansea giving out warm clothing sleeping bags and bags of food and toiletries ect and just to talk to them and let them know people are listening and they do care this person really had effect on me and I want to carry on helping people on the streets everyone deserves a change help me give it to them
Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Mole Valley and go pesticide freeThere is clear evidence that pesticides (such as the herbicide glyphosate) used for pest and weed control across Mole Valley District are causing declines in biodiversity and are harmful to human health, especially children. Our children need to be able to play safely in the parks of Mole Valley face down on the ground without fear of exposure to glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals. But it is not just children. Everybody who lives, works, plays, visits, or walks their dog anywhere in this beautiful district should have the right to enjoy the area without the fear of coming into contact with unnecessary, toxic chemicals. Glyphosate alone is linked to cancers, infertility, birth defects, and neurological disease. The World Health Organisation has publicly stated that glyphosate ‘probably’ causes cancer. However there are 40 different types of pesticide that can be and are used in and around towns and cities in the UK. Progressive cities such as Paris, Toronto - and recently Brighton - have already voted to end the use of toxic chemicals in all public spaces. If they can do it, so can Mole Valley District! Effective alternatives for weed control already exist which are not harmful to people, pets, or the environment. Furthermore, the use of non-toxic alternatives will encourage greater local biodiversity - and give us all the pleasure of seeing more bees buzzing, butterflies fluttering, and birds singing! The increase in pesticide use since the 1970s has seen farmland bird populations decline by over 50% and catastrophic declines for insects such as several butterfly and bumblebee species (of up to 70% for some species). The loss of bumblebees and other pollinators has knock-on effects for growing food, as 75% of crops are pollinated by wild insects. So why risk the health of our children, ourselves, and the environment when there is another way? Let us employ non harmful ways of dealing with – or living with- those things that toxic chemicals are used to kill. These products are already available. We can start this process in our local district, and in Mole Valley. PS - Get informed! Read up on this issue by visiting the Pesticide-Free Towns campaign page on the Pesticide Action Network website. http://www.pan-uk.org/pesticide-free/
Sutton United - Give Wayne Shaw His Job Back!!!Shaw was crying on the phone. It's not acceptable to see a 6ft odd 23 stone man cry over a pie. True injustice here - worse than the disallowed Ajax goal the other night. Max bet was only a £5 so the gambling commission need to do one. No club is bigger than the man. In all seriousness everyones had a laugh over past few weeks thanks to Wayne and he doesn't deserve to lose the job with the club he loves over a trivial matter.
Government: Fund Alzheimer's Care Costs as promisedThere is currently an estimated £6 billion deficit each year in providing the necessary funding - this means that over 100,000 families are facing financial ruin, adding to the acute misery of seeing their relatives slowly decline. This problem was recognised some 10 years ago, and the Dilnot Commission reported in 2011 with recommendations that were accepted by the Coalition Government in 2013. The Conservative Party, in their 2015 election manifesto, pledged to implement starting in 2016, only for the present Government to renege on its promise within 3 months of taking office. The key points in this commitment were: · A cap on the patient's financial liability for care costs set at £72,000 · The level of assets, below which patients are no longer liable to pay, raised from £23,250 to £118,000 · By 2024, up to 100,000 more to receive financial help with their care costs The BBC Today programme ran a number of features during the week of February 6th, illustrating how the current policy is having drastic effects on families, tearing them apart with heartless bureaucracy. I took part in one of these programmes, describing how I had to pay nearly £400,000 for my late wife's care costs over 8 years, repeatedly refused help by NHS Continuing Healthcare over 5 years. I was only one of tens of thousands trapped in the 'No Man's Land' between the NHS and Social Care funding.
Provide a GP Practice in Hesketh BankIn light of the very sad new that Dr Hindle has terminated his contract with NHS England with effect from 30th June 2017 due to ongoing issues with the future location of the Practice. We urgently need you to find alternative accommodation so that Dr Hindle can continue to offer the highest quality GP care to his Patients.
Stop disabled Hooria and her family being removed from UKHooria is a 21 year old cerebral palsy patient with learning difficulties and special needs with a history of epilepsy and vision problems. She is wheelchair bound and requires around the clock care. Hooria came to the UK 10 years ago (2007) from Pakistan with her parents, brother and sister who she is emotionally attached to and physically dependent upon. Hooria is originally from Pakistan. Access to healthcare for people with disabilities in Pakistan is very poor. Hooria faced a lot of physical and emotional abuse from healthcare professionals and schools in Pakistan. She had been discriminated due to her disability. She experienced seizures, which were sometimes 3 times a day, but was terrified to go hospital. Due to her complicated health needs, doctors prescribed her medication that showed no improvement in her health and showed no interest in her. Hooria’s family saw a massive deterioration in her health. This changed when Hooria moved to the UK. Throughout the 10 years, Hooria has settled in England where she has: made friends, learned English, been able to access buildings and buses and has started to trust people. Her health has improved tremendously and her epileptic seizures have reduced. She looks forward to going school and her day ahead of her. Hooria and her family have made their own private life and settled down. Her elder sister is married to a British citizen since 2013 and lives with her husband and two children who Hooria adores and loves. Hooria considers this country to be her own home. Therefore, Hooria’s family applied to become permanent citizen in the UK for the welfare of Hooria, however the home office refused this and they are trying to remove the family from the UK and forcing them to return back to Pakistan. Hooria is not willing to go back to Pakistan due to her previous experiences, which have caused her a lot of stress and anxiety. Hooria believes UK is a home for her and her small family. She is stable in the UK, if she were to go back all the hard work her family, health professionals and teachers have put into supporting Hooria will be reversed, as there are no rights for people with disability in Pakistan, who are mostly secluded and seen as a burden in the society. At this present moment Hooria is in a state of shock and makes comments like if she goes back to Pakistan “I will die”, “no one cares there”, “they hate me”. Please support Hooria and her family to remain in this country.
Companion bus passOther counties such as Nottinghamshire, Devonshire, East Sussex do pay for companion bus passes for carers of disabled people. They get grants for the government to do it. It is a discretionary thing not a mandatory. However, Lack of the findings for other counties is jeopardising people's independence as it is unfair and immoral for carers to having to pay to go on a bus with a disabled person.
Assist Japan In Solving the Fukushima CrisisThe continuous spread of radiation from the destroyed nuclear plants at Fukushima will not only affect those who live locally, but also many countries with coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and to a lesser degree the whole world. Therefore it is not just in the interests of the Japanese Government and TEPCO to solve the crisis, but the whole international community. On March 11th 2011 a tsunami knocked out the generators of the cooling systems of the Daiichi Nuclear power plant, resulting in explosions and three meltdowns of the reactor cores. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster
Bring back nursing bursariesWe are depleting this wonderful profession. How can anyone expect nurses to pay to work a shift whilst learning. We must value nursing as a profession and encourage men and women back into this valuable profession by giving them bursaries so that they can afford to learn and train. Otherwise we will have no nurses left in this country. We have a major recruitment crisis. Who makes these decisions that affect the health and welfare of our country
Domestic fly tippingThe area has a litter problem just like every other area in the uk. Let's bring back the pride communities once had and stop the social decay we have on our streets. The current state of the area makes it a very undesirable place to live. We have the Quays on our doorstep and need to make some serious changes in order to not remain as the 'poor relations'
Save Bedford HospitalWithout a hospital for the whole of Bedford and its surrounding area lives will be lost! Milton Keynes is our nearest hospital already overstretched because of the growth of Milton Keynes. It is totally unacceptable to leave the County town of Bedford without a hospital. People will die as a direct result.
Save Foxley Lane Women's Service from being closed downFoxley Lane Women's Service is an extremely valuable service that acts as an alternative to an acute clinical admission that Gresham 1 provides. Foxley Lane provides weekly therapeutic timetable of activities that supports recovery from mental health crisis. This unparalleled service provides support, assessment, treatment and care for women in crisis from staff that are dedicated and passionate about the care they give. With the closure of this service; women in crisis the alternatives will be admission to an acute ward on Gresham 1 at the Bethlem Royal Hospital. Gresham 1 can be noisy, threatening and scary with many patients struggling with an acute episode of psychosis. For women trying to recovery from a mental health crisis, Gresham 1 can cause further distress and for many women being discharged from Gresham they can and do leave more damaged than when they were admitted. A another alternative being offered is home treatment which for many wouldn’t be an option as it can be home life that caused the relapse into crisis in the first place Unfortunately, due primarily to lack of funding and changes to mental health services in Croydon, the Croydon CCG have made the decision to decommission Foxley Lane. This follows Croydon Health recently going into special measures due to poor finances. Many of the service users that have had been a patient at Foxley recognise that the treatment and care provided is the best environment for women in crisis to recover. Many have stated that Foxley Lane has saved their lives. Please read the proposal: http://www.hear-us.org/pdfccg/foxley-lanewomens-service-have-your-say.pdf
I the undersigned wish to see the GP’s Surgery at Luddendenfoot maintainedWhilst it’s great to live in such a beautiful part of the region, rural areas get a rough deal when it comes to services. I want to see the Doctors Surgery in Luddenden maintained to ensure those who depend on these services can continue to live in our area.
Don't move Lewisham blood clinic to WoolichMoving the Lewisham blood clinic to Woolich will cause transport issues and much longer clinic waiting times for people who need regular blood tests; Woolich Hospital already has a reputation for jammed clinics. Also concerned that this action is a backdoor way of weakening Lewisham Hospital's essential services to the community leading to a Government argument that Lewisham Hospital is redundant.
Lift Cap on GP referrals in North TynesideThe restriction on GP referrals was introduced in July 2015. We had heard nothing of this and it appears it was sneaked in under the carpet. The excuse given is an overuse of hospital services in particular outpatient appointments. Does anyone go to an outpatient appointment unless required?. If a GP has decided that your ailment requires further investigation or treatment that should be the case. This cap on appointments could undermines the GPs professional status. The decision to refer a patient for treatment should not be based on purely financial reasons. The Referral Management System (RMS) is a scheme with a committee that take the decision on whether a patient will be referred for further treatment or tests. (what does that committee cost?) My husband is waiting for a decision from the RMS committee. His GP is in support but states that it is outside of her control. In the meantime he has to wait. Will it be yes or no. Please sign the petition to try to stop this cut, Many thanks We had a result this morning (1st December) a referral letter arrived. It shows that a little bit of pressure goes a long way.
Extend the Ultra-Low-Emission-Zone to the whole of LondonWe are calling on the Mayor of London to tackle air pollution and save lives by creating an Ultra Low Emission Zone (‘ULEZ’) to cover the whole of Greater London. An ULEZ is an area in which vehicles must meet exhaust emission standards or pay a daily travel charge. The highest charges will be paid by the most polluting vehicles. The Mayor is proposing to create an ULEZ for all vehicles in central London in 2019. He is consulting on whether to extend it to cover the area inside the North and Circular Road and also to create an ULEZ for the whole of London but only for heavy vehicles. We are asking him to go further. Air pollution is now a major health risk. We need powerful measures to tackle it. An ULEZ which applies only to heavy vehicles will not be enough to protect people from pollution in outer London, especially where people live and work next to the North or South Circular. Creating an ULEZ for all vehicles to cover the whole of London would significantly reduce pollution in outer London and would better improve the air quality in central London than an ULEZ that covers central London alone. For these reasons we ask you to add your name to this petition:
We need more midwivesNew babies and mother's are leaving hospital too early. This is affected the babies ability to learn to feed. This is potentially lethal and inhibits a new mothers confidence to continue to breast feed. Such babies miss out on the gifts that breast feeding provides such as increased immunity and decreased sensitivity to food allergens aswell as the emotional bond and comfort breast feeding provides.
Ban All Chemical Fire Retardants in FurnitureEvery aspect of fire prevention is really important, but the fire retardant chemicals used in domestic furniture have become an even greater threat to the public, than the risk of fire. These chemicals have a dual danger, firstly in the everyday home environment, and also as highly toxic emissions when the chemical is burnt, which endangers the public and firemen alike. These chemicals are not measured in parts per thousand – they are measured in kilos in each piece of furniture! To prevent fires spreading there are other highly effective natural alternatives, smoke alarms and other efficient fire prevention methods which do not need any of these chemicals. In America and Europe the public, led by the Fire Brigade, have lobbied hard and have banned the use of fire retardant chemicals in domestic furniture. A huge body of international scientific evidence now links everyday exposure to fire retardant chemicals used in sofas, mattresses and other household items to thyroid problems, lower birth weight, reduced IQ, hyperactivity, poorer coordination, reduced fertility, birth defects, hormonal changes and cancer. Evidence proves the chemicals systematically migrate from furniture into the home environment through household dust. It particularly affects children and research has also shown the harmful impact on animal life and the environment. The UK is one of the few countries still using these chemicals in furniture. When individual fire retardants have been banned in the past, the furniture containing these chemicals has just been left in people's homes and the owners have not been informed. The government is keeping the public in the dark. So, how do we get rid of the furniture in our homes which is full of the chemical fire retardants? Under the Stockholm Agreement, the government plans to burn fire retardant furniture in incinerators which they are building up and down the country. Before this happens we need to be very sure the government is strictly controlling the emissions as the effluent is even more toxic. We have been using these fire retardant chemicals in our furniture for almost 30 years. The UK government needs to act to make legislative changes. Whilst the Department of Business has been working on amendments to the Fire Regulations for many years, nothing has been achieved. They need to talk to manufacturers about natural alternatives, inform the public and take action to protect us now.