UK Government/RSPCA – Create an Animal Cruelty Register in the UK

via Change.org, please sign and share the petition to create an Animal Cruelty Register in the UK. 

Narla was horrifically beaten by thug Craig McKinley in a shocking video footage that went viral on Facebook.

As an animal lover, who owns a dog just like Narla, I found the story highly upsetting. What shocked me is that these abusers and others like them will be able to own an animal again one day. There’s nothing to prevent them doing this again. Continue reading

First aid training for public transport staff

I was deeply saddened to read today of the death of of a young boy last November, which could have easily been prevented. I was also shocked to learn that public transport staff in the UK do not receive basic first aid training. They work with hundreds, if not thousands, of members of the public every single day – yet if you were unlucky enough to have a heart attack, epileptic fit or some other medical emergency, they wouldn’t be trained enough to help you. Please read and then sign the petition, written by the mother of Christopher, who died last November, and see what changes she wants to see so this never happens to another child. Continue reading

Petition – David Cameron: stop the UK selling weapons to Saudi Arabia

Email David Cameron: stop the UK selling weapons to Saudi Arabia

It is time the UK government ceased its support for a Saudi state that terrorises its own people and blatantly violates human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Saudi Arabia ought to be treated as a global pariah, following the decision of its supreme court to uphold the sentence of 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes on Raif Badawi for the crime of expressing the wrong opinions. But there is no sign that this sadistic cruelty is disturbing the close and decades-long friendship between Whitehall and Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is currently the UK’s largest arms export market. It is a nonsense to claim, as ministers do, that this military cooperation is about nothing more than the Saudis’ right to self-defence. The reason we do not arm Iran, Syria or North Korea is that arms sales are inescapably an expression of political support and commitment to regime survival.

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Petition – Ban the use of towbar dog crates

I only post petitions here that I would sign, that I fully agree with and support wholeheartedly.

Sometimes a petition comes along that makes my heart sink, a petition that I really wish was not necessary in the first place, and this is one.

Dogs are one of the most loving, loyal and kind-hearted creatures on the planet. If you own a dog, I would hope its because you love dogs, and your dog is part of your family. SO it seems inherently cruel and irresponsible to put a dog in a crate on a towbar – on the back of your car – for a journey. Continue reading

Update on GP Petition

As you may know, I launched a petition a few weeks ago regarding a scheme in which GP’s are rewarded for diagnosing certain conditions over others. It’s an unethical, immoral and unsafe practice – encouraging doctors financially to diagnose one condition over another can only lead to misdiagnosis, ill health and potential deaths. Most people aren’t even aware of this system.

(If you haven’t seen it already, then please read and sign the petition if you are in the UK, and share it widely. Thank you in advance for your support.)

I put a Freedom of Information request to the government which stated ““Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like you to provide me with information on any and all schemes which financially reward any medical staff/departments/GP practices for testing, diagnosing or treating certain conditions, and any and all schemes which fine any medical staff/departments/GP practices for testing, diagnosing or treating any conditions.”

I have now received a reply, this is it:

Dear Ms Milligan,  

Thank you for your request of 20th December 2015 under the Freedom of Information Act (2000).  I can confirm that the Department holds some information relevant to your request.  However, as the information held by the Department is in the public domain, we will under Section 21 of the FOI Act (information accessible to the applicant by other means) refer you to the published source.    

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a voluntary incentive scheme for GP practices in the UK. The QOF rewards contractors for the provision of quality care and helps to standardise improvements in the delivery of primary medical services.   The QOF contains groups of indicators, against which practices score points according to their level of achievement. Practices aim to deliver high quality care across a range of areas, for which they score points. The higher the score, the higher the financial reward for the practice. The final payment is adjusted to take account of the practice list size and disease prevalence. The results are published annually and the indicators are reviewed, with some being retired and new ones added.   Details of the indicators and the performance of participating practices can be found on the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s website at http://www.hscic.gov.uk/qof.    

You may also wish to contact NHS England, who may hold information relevant to your request.  Details on how to request information from NHS England under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) is available at:  
http://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/foi.

I will be sending a request direct to NHS England also, with the same request for information, I will let you know what their response is.

I find it so wrong that the very people who spend so many years training to save lives, would wish to be part of a scheme which is so dangerous. The claim is that this scheme will enourage GPs to better treat their patients and improve overall health but how can this be so? If a patient comes in with ten symptoms and is immediately judged by the fact they look overweight, how can that help them? They could have any one of a million medical conditions, but the immediate diagnosis is ‘overweight’. Which conveniently nets the GP £160. I myself was diagnosed as overweight, diabetic and depressed – a nice payment of £480 to the GPs – and I am not any of those things, I actually have an entirely unconnected medical condition! And I know of many other people who have been misdiagnosed in the same way.

This system is seriously flawed, and leaves patients at risk of health complications, further illness or injury, or death.

So please sign this petition, and share it on all your social networks, email to your colleagues, friends and family. Let’s get this system reviewed and overhauled – let’s make sure that if there has to be an incentive for GP’s to treat us, that the incentive is to make us well, and not for their own financial gain.

Please read and sign the petition here.

Thank you.

Petition: NHS reward schemes for GP’s

Unfortunately I haven’t posted for a while, as I have been quite ill, but during this time something I was previously unaware of has come to light. I sign and post a lot of petitions, as you know, but this is the first time I have felt so strongly about something I have felt the need to start my own petition. Please read and sign the petition if you are in the UK, and share it widely. Thank you in advance for your support.

Most people are completely unaware that their GP will receive financial rewards for meeting targets of diagnosing certain conditions – a bonus of £160.15 in 2015/16. While rewarding GP practices for doing a good job and helping patients is of course a good thing, rewarding them financially to diagnose and treat certain conditions over others is wrong.

The official text of this scheme is : The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is the annual reward and incentive programme detailing GP practice achievement results. It rewards practices for the provision of quality care and helps standardise improvement in the delivery of primary medical services (source: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/qof).

 

Each diagnosis gains a point, and in 2015/2016 thats worth £160.15 in England (source: www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/primary-care-contacts/general-medical-services/quality-and-outcomes-framework). This system needs to be investigated, reviewed and overhauled to offer better care to patients, instead of financial rewards to GP’s for only diagnosing certain conditions.

 

 

I have spoken to many people who have seen their GP with serious medical conditions, only to be told they are depressed or overweight – both of these conditions merits the above award – and offered anti-depressants or a referral to a dietician. Offering anti-depressants to someone who is not depressed is dangerous in itself, but labelling someone as depressed instead of treating their serious illness is tantamount to neglect, and could cost lives.

This system is seriously flawed, and needs to be reviewed urgently. Since I launched the above petition, I have had many emails about other NHS financial reward schemes, with bonuses ranging from tens of pounds to thousands of pounds. I have submitted a Freedom of Information Act to the Department for Health asking for information on any and all financial reward schemes – I will post the information here when I receive it.

People in the UK pay taxes their whole life towards the NHS, and when they turn to it in need of medical help they shouldnt be worried that the medical professionals aren’t acting in their best interests.

Please visit the petition website at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/116543 and sign, if you are in the UK, and share it on your social networks.

Tell the UK- Stop Importing Dog Fur Products – The Petition Site

via Tell the UK- Stop Importing Dog Fur Products – The Petition Site.

Tell the UK- Stop Importing Dog Fur Products

Counterfeit products from China are being imported into the UK depite the laws which in which there is a total ban on the trade of cat and dog fur used by China for clothing, footwear and fashion.

China’s dog fur industry is now exporting footwear, and trying to pass off their bogus product as “Australian Sheepskin”. Furthmore, lables reading Made in China have been cut off of products, and replaced with Made in Australia. Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2045016/Raccoon-dogs-skinned-alive-make-cheap-copies-Ugg-boots.html#ixzz2l5J7KetJ

China continues to use dog fur and intentionally mislables the product as “racoon” fur. The racoon dog, is in fact part of the dog family- not the racoon family. They are farmed in China to feed the fur industry and suffer cruel and barbaric conditions- with their lives often ending as they beaten and skinned alive.

via Tell the UK- Stop Importing Dog Fur Products – The Petition Site.