Raise the age for purchasing take away alcohol above that for on the premises consumption

Raise the age at which you can buy alcohol in closed containers for consumption off the licensed premises above the age it can be purchased for on premises consumption. This measure would go along side guidance to publicans on how to encourage young people to drink responsibly.

Why is this idea important?

Raise the age at which you can buy alcohol in closed containers for consumption off the licensed premises above the age it can be purchased for on premises consumption. This measure would go along side guidance to publicans on how to encourage young people to drink responsibly.

Carer’s Allowance

It is very questionable that Carer's Allowance is withdrawn from carers when they receive their pension.

To then claim the right to prosecute these people if they fail to inform the department of any change to their life that would affect the money that they do not receive, were they were receiving it, is a total injustice and would have been a step too far for Big Brother.

Why is this idea important?

It is very questionable that Carer's Allowance is withdrawn from carers when they receive their pension.

To then claim the right to prosecute these people if they fail to inform the department of any change to their life that would affect the money that they do not receive, were they were receiving it, is a total injustice and would have been a step too far for Big Brother.

Improve health by applying VAT to some foods

This is the perfect way to improve public health and raise revenue.

Just apply the standard rate VAT to all processed or packaged foods while raw or basic ingredients remain tax free. The nation's eating habits will improve overnight!

However, the question is: how far is the govt in the pocket of the food production/supermarket industries? They have already sabotaged plans for the clear labelling of food products. Hmmmm……..

Why is this idea important?

This is the perfect way to improve public health and raise revenue.

Just apply the standard rate VAT to all processed or packaged foods while raw or basic ingredients remain tax free. The nation's eating habits will improve overnight!

However, the question is: how far is the govt in the pocket of the food production/supermarket industries? They have already sabotaged plans for the clear labelling of food products. Hmmmm……..

Apeal the smoking ban – redirect funds to vital services!

Since the introduction of the blanket smoking ban more and more smoking cessation aids are available, and NHS trusts have no option other than to invest in a costly smoking cessation programme – even when funds for vital services (e.g. diagnostic equipment, staffing,  treatment options and so on) are being reduced.

The smoking cessation programme is a side effect of the, by the anti-smoking lobby, peddled process of "denormalisation".  This process of denormalisation involves incapacitation, discrimination and vilification of people who continue to smoke and actively needs to be discouraged.

Please amend the smoking ban, allow seperate, well ventilated smoking rooms away from non-smoking areas and give people back the option of choice. Redirect the funds allocated to this smoking cessation programme to vital NHS services!

Why is this idea important?

Since the introduction of the blanket smoking ban more and more smoking cessation aids are available, and NHS trusts have no option other than to invest in a costly smoking cessation programme – even when funds for vital services (e.g. diagnostic equipment, staffing,  treatment options and so on) are being reduced.

The smoking cessation programme is a side effect of the, by the anti-smoking lobby, peddled process of "denormalisation".  This process of denormalisation involves incapacitation, discrimination and vilification of people who continue to smoke and actively needs to be discouraged.

Please amend the smoking ban, allow seperate, well ventilated smoking rooms away from non-smoking areas and give people back the option of choice. Redirect the funds allocated to this smoking cessation programme to vital NHS services!

Prevent Paramedic organisations from refusing to remove motorcycle helmets incase they get sued.

Currently in Greater Manchester, if a Motorcyclist comes off his bike and needs treatment, Paramedics refuse to remove a motorcycle helmet even if they need to. They make the police do it.

This is apparently because in a previous case, a paramedic removes a motorcyclists helmet to help treat him and ended up causing injury, so now they have offloaded the burden onto the police at the scene rather than do it themselves.

Why is this idea important?

Currently in Greater Manchester, if a Motorcyclist comes off his bike and needs treatment, Paramedics refuse to remove a motorcycle helmet even if they need to. They make the police do it.

This is apparently because in a previous case, a paramedic removes a motorcyclists helmet to help treat him and ended up causing injury, so now they have offloaded the burden onto the police at the scene rather than do it themselves.

Remove restrictions on medicines

Review the list of types of medicine which are currently only available with a prescription.

Some commonly used mild antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Terramycin could reasonably be bought directly from a pharmacy without prescription.

Other long term (lifetime) medications such as for diabetes could be automatically prescribed on request in prescriptions for a years supply rather than for patients needing to phone regularly for repeat prescriptions simply because doing it that way makes more money for the doctor, the pharmacy and the NHS through more prescription charges.

Why is this idea important?

Review the list of types of medicine which are currently only available with a prescription.

Some commonly used mild antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Terramycin could reasonably be bought directly from a pharmacy without prescription.

Other long term (lifetime) medications such as for diabetes could be automatically prescribed on request in prescriptions for a years supply rather than for patients needing to phone regularly for repeat prescriptions simply because doing it that way makes more money for the doctor, the pharmacy and the NHS through more prescription charges.

Pubs choice, smoking or not?

This is one law which is deffinately opressive. The tax paying smoker became a 2nd class citizen overnight, having to stand outside in all weathers.It has most certainly led to scocial isolation. Let the landlords decide. A true picture would then emerge. This ban was brought in as supposidly 3/4 of the population wanted it. I have never met anyone who was asked!

Why is this idea important?

This is one law which is deffinately opressive. The tax paying smoker became a 2nd class citizen overnight, having to stand outside in all weathers.It has most certainly led to scocial isolation. Let the landlords decide. A true picture would then emerge. This ban was brought in as supposidly 3/4 of the population wanted it. I have never met anyone who was asked!

Allow pharmacy staff to hand-over prescriptions

There seems to be no possibility collecting a prescription, which is in a sealed and labelled bag, from a pharmacy unless the pharmacist is available.

This does not prevent any prescriptions being given out to the wrong person, nor does it prevent the wrong medicines being put into the bag in the first place. It simply inconveniences the customer, and puts pressure on the pharmacy either to employ two pharmacists or restrict the pharmacist's free time. If the pharmacist is sick or has transport problems, then nobody can get the medication which may well be ready for them to collect, until a locum is arranged.

I don't know if this is as a result of direct legislation,eg "only the pharmacist can supply prescription medicine" , "a pharmacist must be present whenever…" or yet another over-eager application of "Health and Safety" legislation.

Either way, it is a nonsense.  Rarely, an individual needs to speak to a (usually busy) pharmacist: he/she would just have to wait, as is presently the case.

Why is this idea important?

There seems to be no possibility collecting a prescription, which is in a sealed and labelled bag, from a pharmacy unless the pharmacist is available.

This does not prevent any prescriptions being given out to the wrong person, nor does it prevent the wrong medicines being put into the bag in the first place. It simply inconveniences the customer, and puts pressure on the pharmacy either to employ two pharmacists or restrict the pharmacist's free time. If the pharmacist is sick or has transport problems, then nobody can get the medication which may well be ready for them to collect, until a locum is arranged.

I don't know if this is as a result of direct legislation,eg "only the pharmacist can supply prescription medicine" , "a pharmacist must be present whenever…" or yet another over-eager application of "Health and Safety" legislation.

Either way, it is a nonsense.  Rarely, an individual needs to speak to a (usually busy) pharmacist: he/she would just have to wait, as is presently the case.

Ms Ann Williamson – Smoking ban

Let everyone choose if they want  there  pubs to be smoke zones or not , but bigger ones should have seperate designated rooms for either smoking or none smoking, and for all pubs to have it clearly stated outside there premises if they are a smoking or none smoking pub, then it is up to the individual if they want to go into these premises. I do think that all pubs should  have proper venilation to take as much of the smoke as possible

Why is this idea important?

Let everyone choose if they want  there  pubs to be smoke zones or not , but bigger ones should have seperate designated rooms for either smoking or none smoking, and for all pubs to have it clearly stated outside there premises if they are a smoking or none smoking pub, then it is up to the individual if they want to go into these premises. I do think that all pubs should  have proper venilation to take as much of the smoke as possible

Save Our Culture, repeal the smoking ban

The continuation of the smoking ban is a direct assault on the culture of Britain as a whole but in particular on that of the North East. Throughout the last two centuries we have had a history of low wages, high unemployment and a government 300 miles away which would rather we didn't exist. It is quite simple really, we don't get many pleasures in life yet still the government takes away those we have. To be able to go to a pub or into a bookmakers and enjoy a smoke at the same time is a fundamental right and as a consequence of this right being removed thousands of pubs have also closed and continue to do so at a frightening rate. A blanket ban on smoking is of course draconian and unfair as well as being detrimental to our society as a whole as stated above, but a compromise would make a big difference. By all means ban smoking in restaurants but not in pubs. What harm can come to a non smoker on a train when smoking is only allowed in one carriage at the end of the train. Railway stations are either open air or have high vaulted roofs again causing no problem to the fragile to give just a couple of examples. A government should be fair to all its people, not just the loudest proportion.    

Why is this idea important?

The continuation of the smoking ban is a direct assault on the culture of Britain as a whole but in particular on that of the North East. Throughout the last two centuries we have had a history of low wages, high unemployment and a government 300 miles away which would rather we didn't exist. It is quite simple really, we don't get many pleasures in life yet still the government takes away those we have. To be able to go to a pub or into a bookmakers and enjoy a smoke at the same time is a fundamental right and as a consequence of this right being removed thousands of pubs have also closed and continue to do so at a frightening rate. A blanket ban on smoking is of course draconian and unfair as well as being detrimental to our society as a whole as stated above, but a compromise would make a big difference. By all means ban smoking in restaurants but not in pubs. What harm can come to a non smoker on a train when smoking is only allowed in one carriage at the end of the train. Railway stations are either open air or have high vaulted roofs again causing no problem to the fragile to give just a couple of examples. A government should be fair to all its people, not just the loudest proportion.    

OPTING OUT OF THE NHS MEDICAL RECORDS DATABASE

The way the current system works,everybody is automatically opted in the medical record database system. My idea is to  make it neccessary for you the patient to opt into the system rather than opt out. The database managers should have to sell their idea to the patients, so that the patients can make an informed decision on this matter rather than automatically being added to this centralised database system.

Why is this idea important?

The way the current system works,everybody is automatically opted in the medical record database system. My idea is to  make it neccessary for you the patient to opt into the system rather than opt out. The database managers should have to sell their idea to the patients, so that the patients can make an informed decision on this matter rather than automatically being added to this centralised database system.

Elderly care in care homes and social workers

Families should have greater transparency when it comes to their elderly relatives in care homes. We should be able to access and have copies of additions to 'behaviour registers'made by care homes.

The care homes use these to complain and label elderly residents and write up erroneous care plans which the social workers then back up. The social workers have access to it but the families do not and are prevented from challenging erroneous entries.

Families should have immediate access to care plans and letters written and registered by social workers about their elderly relatives so that we can challenge these if they are incorrect.

This should not necessarily require a LPA.

Families are identified by their elderly relatives as representing their health and welfare interests. The care homes are being given access to medical letters and social workers information about the elderly but the families are being prevented from accessing these.

It is not a surprise that several elderly people have died in care homes as a result of negligence right under the noses of social workers.

The local government ombudsman should not be the last point of call. Families should have a right to appeal the decision in court.

Why is this idea important?

Families should have greater transparency when it comes to their elderly relatives in care homes. We should be able to access and have copies of additions to 'behaviour registers'made by care homes.

The care homes use these to complain and label elderly residents and write up erroneous care plans which the social workers then back up. The social workers have access to it but the families do not and are prevented from challenging erroneous entries.

Families should have immediate access to care plans and letters written and registered by social workers about their elderly relatives so that we can challenge these if they are incorrect.

This should not necessarily require a LPA.

Families are identified by their elderly relatives as representing their health and welfare interests. The care homes are being given access to medical letters and social workers information about the elderly but the families are being prevented from accessing these.

It is not a surprise that several elderly people have died in care homes as a result of negligence right under the noses of social workers.

The local government ombudsman should not be the last point of call. Families should have a right to appeal the decision in court.

Breastfeeding in public beyond 6 months

Hi  at the moment in England we don't have protection for breastfeeding a child beyond 6 months of age I am choosing to feed my daughter beyond that as I agree with experts that there are significant health benefits in doing so.  Unfortunately there are some sectors of society whose attitude is less than you would hope it would be and you do need legal protection to prevent harrassment or discrimination – what am are you meant to say to a 7 month old?  sorry you're too old to feed in public ?  the law I believe should be changed to reflect WHO recommendations and the law currently in scotland which offers protection up to 2 years.

Why is this idea important?

Hi  at the moment in England we don't have protection for breastfeeding a child beyond 6 months of age I am choosing to feed my daughter beyond that as I agree with experts that there are significant health benefits in doing so.  Unfortunately there are some sectors of society whose attitude is less than you would hope it would be and you do need legal protection to prevent harrassment or discrimination – what am are you meant to say to a 7 month old?  sorry you're too old to feed in public ?  the law I believe should be changed to reflect WHO recommendations and the law currently in scotland which offers protection up to 2 years.

Abortion Act 1967

Although brought in allegedly to remove the scourge of back street abortionists, it has in fact been routinely abused such that abortion on demand, for reasons of convenience and very minor disability are de facto routine

Why is this idea important?

Although brought in allegedly to remove the scourge of back street abortionists, it has in fact been routinely abused such that abortion on demand, for reasons of convenience and very minor disability are de facto routine

Revise the smoking ban

Update the smoking ban so areas in pubs and clubs can be designated areas, or even allow whole premises to make themselves smoking areas.

Tax these places higher if you want, but stop telling us what we can and can't do!

Why is this idea important?

Update the smoking ban so areas in pubs and clubs can be designated areas, or even allow whole premises to make themselves smoking areas.

Tax these places higher if you want, but stop telling us what we can and can't do!

Smoking laws

The anti smoking laws are draconian and should be relaxed. In other european countries witb smoking bans there is a much more flexible approach to the law.

– Bars and clubs should be able to designate themselves as smoking venues providing it is clearly marked outside.

– Bars and Clubs should be able to designate a smoking room inside (in an otherwise non smoking venue)

This would allow both smokers and non smokers to have the choice that they want. Similar schemes operate in one way or another in France Spain and the Netherlands

Why is this idea important?

The anti smoking laws are draconian and should be relaxed. In other european countries witb smoking bans there is a much more flexible approach to the law.

– Bars and clubs should be able to designate themselves as smoking venues providing it is clearly marked outside.

– Bars and Clubs should be able to designate a smoking room inside (in an otherwise non smoking venue)

This would allow both smokers and non smokers to have the choice that they want. Similar schemes operate in one way or another in France Spain and the Netherlands