• Protect and Pay Student Nurses
    “Student nurses are burnt out and exhausted. We’ve had to pay out of our own pocket for accommodation to be able to work safely and give up part time work that would help us make ends meet. It’s time to pay us properly” - Nathan, Student Nurse If we get behind the student nurses in our thousands, we can put pressure on Robin Swann to pay the student nurses properly. Student nurses in Northern Ireland are on the frontline of the pandemic. They’ve been working night and day in our hospitals and wards, keeping the NHS from being overwhelmed. And right now, they are not being paid properly for their work. After ending payments for students working on COVID-19 wards, Health Minister Robin Swann was pressured into offering a one-off "special recognition" bonus. We don’t think that’s good enough. Right now, the NI Executive is looking for views on next year’s budget, and the consultation closes on Friday.
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    Created by Nicola Browne
  • NHS lipodema surgery
    This is a disease as I just said not cosmetic it can br hireditory and will usually run through females within the family
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    Created by Jade Williams
  • Remove parking charges at Bath Pavilion vaccination centre
    As a local GP administering the vaccine, I know that any barrier to vaccination risks reducing uptake. Even a small reduction in uptake will have huge consequences. The cost of an unvaccinated person getting Covid and needing care at home or in hospital outweighs the profit not just in financial terms but in human ones. Short-term thinking has long-term costs. Vulnerable residents have been shielding on and off since last March: going out to be vaccinated is challenging enough without adding logistical difficulties. For those who don't have the correct change, paying for parking involves downloading an app – stressful for many and impossible for people without a smartphone. Many people are giving their time and services for free to facilitate this crucial roll out (e.g. volunteer marshals at the centre). Imposing parking charges flies in the face of the wonderful community spirit that has characterised the local response to the pandemic. We urge the council to drop these charges immediately and stop profiting from the pandemic.
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    Created by Dr Sharon Gillings
  • Stop the Edmonton Incinerator Now
    The NLWA, on behalf of the seven north London boroughs, plans to replace the current incinerator with a new, much bigger version which will burn rubbish that could otherwise be recycled. This is deeply concerning for several reasons: The toxic pollution, including tiny particle pollution, from this new incinerator will harm everyone who lives, works and studies nearby, in one of London’s most deprived neighbourhoods. Incinerators in the UK are three times more likely to be built in deprived and diverse areas such as Edmonton; deprivation and diversity are two factors that have been proven to INCREASE the health risk factors associated with air pollution – indeed, as the recent inquest into the cause of death of Ella Kissi-Debrah has proven – air pollution can KILL. I am therefore deeply concerned the emissions from this new incinerator will cause serious harm. The area covered by the NLWA includes much higher income areas such as Islington, Highgate and Barnet. Yet Edmonton has been selected for this development, an area least likely to be able to cope with the additional damage to the health of its community. The incinerator is also an environmental disaster; it is predicted to emit 700 thousand tonnes of CO2 into our atmosphere every year. If this waste was recycled instead of burnt, this could simply be avoided. Currently less than 30% of north London rubbish and only 10% of recyclable plastic is recycled compared to over 60% in the rest of the country. Nearly 90% of our black/orange bag rubbish is burnt as “skyfill” in the present old Edmonton incinerator. Most of these councils, and the UK government, have declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency, and are committed to halting and reversing carbon emissions. The decision to increase emissions, instead of recycling better, is impossible to understand. The NLWA’s consultation on the incinerator rebuild was conducted in 2015 and only within one mile of the incinerator. The consultation was completely inadequate. Most local residents are unaware of the plans to rebuild the incinerator, and meanwhile we have learned a lot more about the harm it will cause. This unwanted incinerator will cost £1.2 billion of taxpayers’ money. The NLWA must carry out a full, statistically reliable, independent environmental and social impact assessment of the proposed new Edmonton incinerator taking account of: a. individual local councils’ climate emergency commitments; b. the UK government’s 2050 net-zero commitment; c. the European exclusion of waste-to-energy incineration from a list of economic activities considered ‘sustainable finance’; d. the expected change in waste streams due to increased recycling rates; e. the potential to use renewable energy rather than burning waste to generate electricity and/or heat; and f. alternatives to incineration and landfill, through a review of best practice from other cities. Any environmental and social impact assessment that has already been carried out is insufficient unless it has taken all of the above points into account. Time is running out as the site is already being cleared in preparation for the build. Withdraw your support for the incinerator and demand that the NLWA pause and review the re-build before it’s too late, and even more irreparable, deadly damage is done to the local community and the planet.
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    Created by Black Lives Matter Enfield and Extinction Rebellion
  • FFP3 masks for all frontline health and social care staff now.
    The new variant of COVID -19 has been reported to be 70% more transmissible than the original virus. All health and social care workers dealing with suspected or positive patients are at greater risk of serious illness and death. The current level of staff sickness in the NHS and in social care and the mounting death toll for these dedicated workers is completely unacceptable. This needs to be addressed now, not in weeks or months time.
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    Created by Michael Weald
  • National Care Service
    In a recent document, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP wrote, “Every Member of Parliament will be aware of the deep unfairness inherent in the country’s health and social care provision.” This unfairness has been thrown into sharp contrast during the Coronavirus pandemic, but may be traced back to 1948, when the NHS was founded to provide comprehensive healthcare, free at the point of care, for everyone in the country, funded through general taxation. In distinction, social care remained the responsibility of Local Authorities, funded through local taxation, but heavily means-tested and subject to eligibility criteria. Like other parts of the care systems, social care has been significantly underfunded and not fit for purpose. The provision of social care in England is failing on many counts. • It is profoundly unfair. o Nobody can tell when they might require support to live as independent a life as possible, and the cost of such support is unpredictable. o Cancer sufferers receive care that is free at the point of need, but dementia sufferers are means-tested. People sustaining a stroke resulting in disability are not considered to have a medical problem but a social one. o Privately funded service users are subsidising state-funded users • It is inefficient in its use of resources. o Hospital beds are inappropriately occupied while wrangling takes place over the funding of the ongoing care, rather than the setting that will best meet their ongoing needs. o There is heavy reliance on informal care, imposing costs on families and the wider economy. o Transactional costs of the fragmented market eat into resources for actual care. • It often does not meet the needs of the individual. o The goal of social care is to allow people to participate as fully as possible in community life, with security and dignity. Too often this is not achieved. o Care does not always allow people to maximise their potential or exercise the life choices that most of us take for granted. • It struggles to recruit and retain sufficient carers for the needs of the service; o Despite the recognition of care workers as being key workers in the response to the pandemic, there is a lack of recognised training standards, qualifications, and career progression. o Pay and conditions do not reflect the value that society places on those who care for their loved ones and require public subsidy through the benefit system. • It poses a serious risk of financial collapse of major care home providers, with consequent insecurity for residents and a short-term approach to investment in staff and facilities. There has been much talk of integrating health and social care, spanning many governments, but paradoxically, successive governments have created divisions rather than integration; the creation of the provider purchaser concept, the internal market, the continued fragmentation of the NHS and the 2012 NHS and Social Care Act are some examples. These have led to increasing lack of coordination between the hospital and primary care. Significantly, the changes have resulted in multiple bodies rather one authority providing the services, resulting in a disorganised service. The changes we propose would ensure that all parts of the care service would be obliged to collaborate with each other to provide what would be best for the individual and to redress the increasing lack of continuity of care, in addition to producing a fairer, less complex, and more cost-effective service. Note 1 Local Care Authority (LCA) This would replace the local CCG. This would bring together all relevant provider units (hospital care, primary care. community care, social service, mental health and ambulance service) within the influence of the LCA. Each provider would be expected to provide a set of agreed services according to the needs of the local community and avoiding duplication of services. It would be a requirement that representatives of providers include a senior clinician, a member from front-line staff, where these would be relevant. LCA would ensure that the agreed services are delivered efficiently. It would also liaise with the relevant Local Authority in addition to charitable bodies and private providers. Each provider unit would keep its own administrative structures unless they wish certain aspects to be given to the LCA. LCA would establish agreed governance structures and annual audits readily available to the public. LCA would liaise with local trade union bodies LCA would receive allocated resources from the regional authority. LCA would be expected to establish a confidential and independent office for Freedom to Speak Up. Note 2 Regional Care Authority (RCA) This would replace current structure at a regional level. This would include representatives from each LCA within the region in addition to those from large providers across the region and tertiary centres, universities, government agents and the Colleges. It would be responsible for seeking resources from the government on behalf of the LCAs and capital costs. It would liaise with other relevant RCAs It would ensure the government policies are understood and delivered throughout the region It would receive annual reports from LCAs Commissioning services for those services not available to the National Care Service (ICS) would be carried out by the central government.
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    Created by Arun Baksi
  • Taxation of NHS workers/Wage increase
    In this climate of Covid we are asked to work extra hours but feel us a Nurses/Midwives get taxed to the hilt. Our pay is rubbish and we work extra hours to make ends meet yet we are living some of us on the bread line. Extra support needs to provided for childcare .
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    Created by Linda White-Greaves
  • GIVE ALL NHS STAFF A 10 % PAY RISE NOW!
    I have just recovered from Covid after being taken to hospital. I was severely ill and saw at first hand how incredible the people who work in our NHS are working to save lives. They risk their own lives time and time again and are working under extremely difficult conditions exhausted but never complaining. If we as a Country truly respected them we would give them an immediate pay rise of 10%. This should be for all NHS staff to bring them back to the same pay levels they were at before the Government of 2010. For ten years the wages have gone down in real terms. THIS IS WRONG! We ask that instead of applause we give them proper pay! IMMEDIATELY. Please sign and pass this on to your friends. Paddy Doheryty and Daniel Coll
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    Created by Paddy Doherty Daniel Coll
  • Covid-19 Award
    To pay tribute to all our NHS who have put themselves at considerable risk to save others.
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    Created by George Maclennan
  • No-one can sue NHS and staff about COVID decisions
    The NHS and all of its staff are putting their lives on the line every day, wearing PPE that undermines their own health 24/7. The NHS was fantastic and has been undermined by creeping privatisation - hence the ability to sue.
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    Created by Sheila Clark
  • NHS funding for same sex male couples fertility treatment
    To allow gay male couples access to fertility treatments through the NHS.
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    Created by Daniel Holder