• Bowel cancer screening
    Personally, I have lost a cousin, two aunts and my mother to bowel cancer, and all but one of them were over the age of 74. I live every day wondering if this simple test could have saved them.
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  • HRT Shortage
    Millions of women are currently unable to obtain HRT patches/tablets either at all or no guarantee of continuous supply leading to debilitating symptoms. This is completely unacceptable that women are left in this situation with nowhere to turn. Many women are having to eek out their current supply if they have it with no hope of obtaining more or dealing with a lottery system with chemists who have no idea of future stock or availability.
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  • National Minimum Standard for TV Subtitles and loop systems for the deaf and hard of hearing
    Subtitles, on TV programmes do not always appear. When they do they can often appear patchy or intermittent making it very difficult for deaf and hard of hearing people to follow tv programmes. Live programmes eg news are very difficult to follow. Technology should be able to automatically put on screen words just spoken on live programmes. Subtitles vary across TV channels. There should be a uniform minimum standard. TV Subtitles should not be huge chunky lettering that takes up nearly a third of the screen. People who depend on subtitles can be embarrassed by the way the size of the subtitles make it difficult for other people watching to enjoy the programme. Subtitles should always be included on dvd/bluRay discs of TV shows and films for sale in the shops. Loop systems Organisations that have a loop system installed use an approved logo to indicate this. But there is no guarantee that the loop system will prove satisfactory to people who wear hearing aids. This is because they vary enormously across the country and there is no national minimum standard for how they are supposed to work. Many loop systems are inappropriate for the size of the building with poor training provided to office/building support staff who are often left unable to help. People who use loop systems frequently discover that the reception they receive varies from one building to another. There doesn't seem to be a national monitoring scheme that can ensure high standards of loop system are provided and maintained so that people who use loop systems do not need to worry about being able to hear differently wherever they go. Hearing organisations and charities can have the ability to regulate this vital area that affects people who use hearing aids every day. Government needs to pass the necessary laws to ensure improvements are made to both subtitling and loop systems across the UK.
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  • Stop South Tees NHS Privatisation
    NHS Foundation Trusts are democratic. The principles behind NHS Foundation Trusts build on the sense of ownership many local people and staff feel for their hospital. NHS Foundation Trusts have unique governance arrangements and are accountable to local people, who can become members and governors. NHS Foundation Trusts strengthen local ownership of – and responsibility for – hospital and other health services. Major decisions are informed by active participation from members based in local communities. This NHS Foundation Trust is accountable to its members though the Council of Governors. It has a duty to consult and involve the Council of Governors (comprising patients, staff, members of the public and partner organisations) in the strategic planning of the organisation, and major decisions are informed by active participation from members based in local communities. All 8500 members of staff are automatically members of the Trust. Members of the local community, patients and carers can apply to become members. There are currently nearly 5000 public and patient members. There has been no consultation with the Council of Governors. Members have been unaware of what has been happening until now – when the plan is about to be implemented. They have not had the opportunity to actively participate. I don’t want this Trust to set up a private company so that it can indirectly employ staff on non-NHS terms and conditions. I see this move as damaging to the NHS. It is a step towards privatisation which I do not want the Trust to take. Please sign this petition to support the call for the Trust to reverse its decision; and to not use a wholly-owned subsidiary company to employ staff as non-NHS.
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  • Ban Normal Cigarettes - An Unnecessary Mess
    ALMOST 200 tonnes of cigarette butts are littered across the streets of our region every year, according to a new study. The report found smoking materials make up 35 per cent of all street litter, with 11 tonnes discarded daily. Tobacco is the world’s leading cause of preventable death, accounting for around 6 million deaths each year. That’s thanks to the cocktail of over 5,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, of which at least 70 may cause cancer. E-cigarettes, on the other hand, do not contain tobacco. Instead, they carry a nicotine-containing liquid which is heated into a vapour and breathed in. The nicotine satisfies the cravings associated with a smoking addiction, but doesn’t cause cancer. So although E-cigarettes are not perfect, they don't carry this huge annual cost of cleaning up the waste, like normal cigarettes do. This petition is calling on the health secretary to introduce an outright ban on normal cigarettes and stop the huge waste problem it causes every day.
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  • Reduce children's Asthma and other serious illnesses.
    One in eleven children in the UK suffer from asthma which is higher than any EU country and rising faster than any other EU country. Researchers have found 3.5 times the exhaust fumes in lungs of children in low prams compared to what is in their mum's lungs because they are at a higher position. They are recommending higher prams and using side and not main roads. The ongoing cost to the NHS must be huge plus the human misery resulting.
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  • Save Pembridge Hospice
    The 13 hospice beds at the In Patient Palliative Care Unit, St Charles Hospital, Ladbroke Grove are used by people with a life limiting illness for respite, symptom control and care in the last days of life. They’ve been closed “temporarily” because of staff shortages but now policy makers are claiming they are unnecessary and that beds can be found elsewhere. However alternative hospices are under pressure themselves and difficult for many to access. At the end of their lives people and their loved ones need care that’s familiar and easily reached.The Pembridge is well regarded and well used – its beds should be saved.
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  • Rename the condition Bile Acid Diarrhoea
    We don't typically name conditions/diseases/illnesses based on their symptoms. Recently Bile Acid Malabsorption was renamed to Bile Acid Diarrhoea. We shouldn't label this condition by its already stigmatised and extremely horrid symptom. From the age of 12 I have suffered from debilitating and soul destroying unpredictable diarrhoea. For 20 years I was told that I was 'probably just an anxious person' and 'must have a lot of intolerances' by medical professionals. It was so bad that I couldn't eat out, or really go on holiday, and some days, it made it hard to leave the house. I've had accidents when out with friends, family and at work. Honestly, it is absolutely soul destroying. I would later find out that because I could actually leave the house sometimes, I had it better than some... In 2017 I finally got answers as to why I constantly had diarrhoea; my digestive system had an overload of bile - I was constantly producing it (our bodies only usually discharged when we eat then reabsorb and produce if needed) so overall it was too much for my body to handle. It wasn't caused by anxiety/nerves, but it certainly caused a lot! When I was diagnosed by an amazing consultant in 2017, the condition was known as Bile Acid Malabsorption. It was first discovered in 2008. It has three main types: Type 1 BAD affects people who have BAD as a result of either inflammation of the small bowel due to Crohn's disease or surgical removal of the small bowel. Type 2 BAD (previously referred to as idiopathic/primary bile acid malabsorption). Type 3 BAD affects people with various gastrointestinal diseases such as removal of the gallbladder (Cholecystectomy), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), post radiation treatment for cancer, coeliac disease and chronic pancreatitis. Research studies suggest that 1:3 people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome with diarrhoea (IBS-d) as a prominent feature could have primary BAD. (Source: https://bad-uk.org). Type 2 is the most prevalent, and is no other disorder affecting the small bowel. It's believed those with Type 2 BAD have a hormone defect - our bodies don't produce enough of the 'off' hormone to tell the liver to stop producing the bile. This is the biggest proportion of sufferers of the condition. Estimates say that around 17% of the UK population suffer from IBS. (Source: https://www.bjmp.org/content/irritable-bowel-syndrome-primary-care-physicians) So, a nasty condition, that causes debilitating diarrhoea, and all the pain, low energy and serious mental health issues that go along with that. Top that with 1:3 of those diagnosed with IBS potentially having it, (that's 5.6% of the UK population, or roughly the same amount of the population who are diagnosed with depression*!), and you see it's a major concern to those who have it, and those who may have it. Rightly, in 2017/2018, the NHS teams working on and with Bile Acid Malabsorption decided that the name didn't really fit with the latest findings - only one of the three causes was to do with malabsorption. They decided to call it Bile Acid Diarrhoea, because diarrhoea is the one thing all three causes had in common. Unfortunately for those suffering with the lifelong condition, this meant that we now have to explain to medical professionals, friends, employers, and anyone else who may need to know, that we suffer from bile acid diarrhoea, but the reality is that most people will just hear the "diarrhoea". As a sufferer, I want to be in some control over who knows what symptoms my condition comes with. Though we completely agree that there should be no stigma around diarrhoea, or any other 'embarrassing' bodily conditions, the truth is that the new name of our condition is making it even harder to live with. Imagine if you had to explain an illness/disease/condition primarily by one of its symptoms - it's horrid, isn't it. I therefore would LOVE to see the lovely and incredible medical professionals within our wonderful NHS and across the world rename our condition to something that doesn't include it's biggest and most embarrassing symptom, or even better perhaps after one of those who discovered it. This petition is by no means meant to offend those who worked/work so tirelessly in discovering the condition and how to treat it, and the wonderful charities that support it - they have changed all of our lives for the better. We just want to be able to talk about our condition openly, and not worrying how non medically trained people might perceive it. We might not be able to cure the condition, but we can make it a little easier to talk to people about it. *Source: 3.8 million in the UK suffer from depression according to https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/quality-and-outcomes-framework-achievement-prevalence-and-exceptions-data/quality-and-outcomes-framework-qof-2015-16, and 5.7% of the UK population is 3,591,000.
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    DEMENTIA is an accumulations of symptoms it is a disease which is not recognized as such by the current government. Whose only help is by means testing on the assets of the patients home:::
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  • Affordable Social Care for People with Dementia
    My beloved first wife died in 2012 with Alzheimer's disease. Since then I have volunteered for Admiral Nurses (an NHS Charity) who care for dementia sufferers and their carers. I have witnessed many times the unjust provision of social care in England that adds financial worries to people who are already distressed. The worry of not being able to afford good social care for a loved one and of having to sell one's home to pay for social care, imposes a great additional stress on the carer. The great strain and stress experienced by carers of dementia patients is well documented, as is the effect of stress on mental health. As Minister of Health you have the power and responsibility to provide good affordable social care in England, to eliminate unnecessary financial worries associated with social care and dementia, and to improve the health and well-being of those cared for and their carers. Today in the UK there are 800,000 people with dementia. Most, ~98% are over 65 years old with about 18,000 people aged 30 to 64 years. People who are unlucky and develop dementia are faced with annual costs for social care of £15,000 to £50,000. For all but the very wealthy, social care costs are at the least a severe problem. For many the costs can be disastrous. Each year in the UK about 128,000 people have to sell their homes to pay for social care. All people with dementia, regardless of age, deserve good affordable social care. Risks of loss of, or damage to, homes, or cars etc., are spread across those who own them by insurance. But there is no insurance that spreads the risk of the financial consequences of acquiring dementia. Sir Andrew Dilnot’s Report on Social Care, commissioned by the Coalition government in 2010, recommends ways to provide good social care that avoid impoverishing those who need it. Since 2011 the UK government has several times postponed implementing the main recommendation of the Dilnot Report, a cap on social care costs of £35,000. As a consequence some people are still having to sell their homes to pay for social care. In the 9 years since The Dilnot Report, the UK government has singularly failed to address the inadequate, unfair, and unsustainable current provision of social care. During this period of continued inaction more than half a million dementia patients have died. The Institute of Public Policy Research's comprehensive reform package for social care[Pinner and Hochlaf IPPR May 2019] includes fully funded free personal care for over 65's. This can be paid for by modest increases in National Insurance(~1.3%), or in Income Tax(~2.1%). The IPPR reform package spreads the financial risks associated with over 65's needing social care across the working population, but does not address the problems face by younger people. The UK Government must tackle immediately the inadequate, unfair provision of social care, by building on the IPPR proposed reforms to include the minority of younger people who suffer with dementia. As Minister of Health you have the power and the responsibility to improve the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people with dementia, young and old, and their carers, and to ensure that no-one will ever have to sell their home to pay for Social Care. Exercise your powers with compassion now.
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  • Improve A&E and Meddoc services in Medway
    Currently many of us struggling to get a pre-bookable appointment with our GP within 3-4 weeks. Appointments are given out on a 'first come, first served basis' at 8 a.m. Monday to Friday and clearly there's not enough to go round because if you are lucky enough to get through on the phone, then most of these appointments have gone by 8.30. In addition to this our local walk in centres have been closed. So what do you do if you are unlucky enough to fall ill outside of designated hours? Be prepared for a very long wait! If you phone 111 you are directed either to A&E or meddoc. Recently there have been several accounts of A&E triaging patients straight across to meddoc (even some of those taken in by ambulance) with those patients suffering severe consequences and in some cases nearly dying, as they get bounced backwards and forwards between a&e and meddoc. On one occasion whilst we were waiting with my daughter to be seen by meddoc, a man collapsed in front of us and the crash team had to be called. He had just been triaged by a&e and sent across to meddoc! Sadly this isn't an isolated incident either. Many people in Medway have experiences to tell of their loved ones nearly dying because of inadequate care and resources. This includes stories of cardiac arrests, sepsis and brain injuries. Staff work flat out but there just aren't enough of them and they are trying to meet unrealistic targets set by the government. Those that actually make it through triage and are deemed serious enough to not be referred to meddoc can then expect a 12 hour plus wait on Lister ward, where doctors and nurses are run off their feet and there isn't so much as a water machine for patients. I experienced this myself with a suspected pulmonary embolism four days after a total knee replacement operation. I can tell you that spending 12 hours trying to sit with your knee bent or stand for hours after a total knee replacement is excruciating! On that occasion there were many elderly and disorientated patients needing care that were simply left on chairs (if they were lucky) in a cramped, airless waiting room or in dark corridors, with no access to water. This is becoming a desperate and untenable situation. I for one am genuinely afraid that should one of my family fall ill and need emergency care that they may too end up being in the middle of the meddoc waiting room with a crash team around them, simply because there aren't enough doctors and too many targets to be met. It's time for this currently flawed and failing system to be reviewed and effective strategies put in place. We need our current government to listen and do what Boris Johnson promised the public over Brexit, which was to invest much needed funds into the NHS.
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