Health care workers (Duty of Co-operation) Regulations 2010

Stop these unjust draft  regulations from ever coming into effect! 

They are discriminatory against anyone who works in front line health care (on the grounds of occupational status), by permitting legalised defamation of character and removing current protection afforded by the Data Protection Act. Under these regulations even unsubstantiated and malicious allegations must be kept on record long term- even indefinitely, and shared with other potential employers, professional bodies etc.

This is grossly unfair and potentially turns a vocation to care for others into a curse!

What hope for improved 'whistle-blowing' rights if highly dedicated professionals may be persecuted in this way by vindictive managers/ employers who are never held to account for the damage they  inflict upon standards of care?

Apparently these repugnant regulations are still under consultation on the Department of Health's website until July 9. For heaven's sake, why?

Katherine Guellard Registered Nurse

Why is this idea important?

Stop these unjust draft  regulations from ever coming into effect! 

They are discriminatory against anyone who works in front line health care (on the grounds of occupational status), by permitting legalised defamation of character and removing current protection afforded by the Data Protection Act. Under these regulations even unsubstantiated and malicious allegations must be kept on record long term- even indefinitely, and shared with other potential employers, professional bodies etc.

This is grossly unfair and potentially turns a vocation to care for others into a curse!

What hope for improved 'whistle-blowing' rights if highly dedicated professionals may be persecuted in this way by vindictive managers/ employers who are never held to account for the damage they  inflict upon standards of care?

Apparently these repugnant regulations are still under consultation on the Department of Health's website until July 9. For heaven's sake, why?

Katherine Guellard Registered Nurse

Cut 95% of the red tape in the NHS (especially the Mental Health side).

I believe that we could cut 95% of the red tape in the NHS (especially in the Mental Health field) and provide a better service to more patients while reducing stress of front line staff and saving money.

So much of the paperwork, audits and computer inputting is not needed to give practical and psychological healp to the patient and is in fact a major distraction and hindrance to this aim.

By using IT systems intelligently and allways focussing on whether an action will benefit the patient or just sustain our own organisation we could be so much more efficient, effective and a better service.

Why is this idea important?

I believe that we could cut 95% of the red tape in the NHS (especially in the Mental Health field) and provide a better service to more patients while reducing stress of front line staff and saving money.

So much of the paperwork, audits and computer inputting is not needed to give practical and psychological healp to the patient and is in fact a major distraction and hindrance to this aim.

By using IT systems intelligently and allways focussing on whether an action will benefit the patient or just sustain our own organisation we could be so much more efficient, effective and a better service.

Bicycles should be exempt from VAT

Bicycles (pedal bikes, push-bikes, whatever you like to call them) should be given a VAT exemption similar to books, food and children's clothes. Bicycle helmets should also be exempt.

Why is this idea important?

Bicycles (pedal bikes, push-bikes, whatever you like to call them) should be given a VAT exemption similar to books, food and children's clothes. Bicycle helmets should also be exempt.

Hospitals clinically obese charts and opperation denials

The premis that hospitals have a duty of care should be reinforced with more legislation to stop hospital managers abusing the excuse /reason that a person being clinically obese by their charts is refused (or delayed) from having  their opperation and therefor the manager can hit his goverment targets. THE OBESE CHARTS ARE MEANINGLESS they  would categorise and peanalise every muscular person in the peak of health or  competition body builder including Arnold Swartsnigger as clinically obese as mucle weighs 4 times more than fat!

Why is this idea important?

The premis that hospitals have a duty of care should be reinforced with more legislation to stop hospital managers abusing the excuse /reason that a person being clinically obese by their charts is refused (or delayed) from having  their opperation and therefor the manager can hit his goverment targets. THE OBESE CHARTS ARE MEANINGLESS they  would categorise and peanalise every muscular person in the peak of health or  competition body builder including Arnold Swartsnigger as clinically obese as mucle weighs 4 times more than fat!

Change licensing laws

I really think it is time the pub licensing laws were changed back to what they were before 24 hour opening times were introduced.  

My civil liberties are eroded as I am reluctant to go out in the evening to a theatre or cinema because of the number of people going to pubs and clubs who have already had too many drinks.

 

Why is this idea important?

I really think it is time the pub licensing laws were changed back to what they were before 24 hour opening times were introduced.  

My civil liberties are eroded as I am reluctant to go out in the evening to a theatre or cinema because of the number of people going to pubs and clubs who have already had too many drinks.

 

Operations costs and time

For a number of years I lived in Bangkok and was obliged to use their private hospitals and I know many expats who used those facilities. Generally speaking they are excellent and provide first class service. I am told there are many other Asian countries including Indea with similar hospitals.

I know people who have been refused immediate ops on the NHS who have simply refused to wait and bought a ticket. The prices by UK standrads are incredible low.

Considering the cost of ops often quoted it would be to me; a no brainer, to offer say 75% of the cost to the NHS to have the job done elsewhere. Things like hip and knee surgery are obvious but heart procedures are just as relevent.

Why is this idea important?

For a number of years I lived in Bangkok and was obliged to use their private hospitals and I know many expats who used those facilities. Generally speaking they are excellent and provide first class service. I am told there are many other Asian countries including Indea with similar hospitals.

I know people who have been refused immediate ops on the NHS who have simply refused to wait and bought a ticket. The prices by UK standrads are incredible low.

Considering the cost of ops often quoted it would be to me; a no brainer, to offer say 75% of the cost to the NHS to have the job done elsewhere. Things like hip and knee surgery are obvious but heart procedures are just as relevent.

Abolish NHS

The goal of NHS appears to be minimising costs rather than treating diseases. As a direct result of withholding or delaying treatments, the 5-year cancer survival rates in the UK are much lower than Canada and far lower yet than in the USA. The Fascist gang currently ruling the USA appears to have a goal of repeating Britian's folly at the same time as Canada is having serious second thoughts about the value of their healthcare system. Socialized medicine has been an abject failure wherever it has been tried. It is high time that the UK accept the verdict of history and experience and file NHS on the asheap of history where it richly belongs!

Why is this idea important?

The goal of NHS appears to be minimising costs rather than treating diseases. As a direct result of withholding or delaying treatments, the 5-year cancer survival rates in the UK are much lower than Canada and far lower yet than in the USA. The Fascist gang currently ruling the USA appears to have a goal of repeating Britian's folly at the same time as Canada is having serious second thoughts about the value of their healthcare system. Socialized medicine has been an abject failure wherever it has been tried. It is high time that the UK accept the verdict of history and experience and file NHS on the asheap of history where it richly belongs!

Pollution of the airwaves

Review the use of power line devices that use mains wiring to broadcast around the home. This causes serious pollution of the radio spectrum and also has major health implications. Do people realise that they are being bathed in high frequency radiation?

Why is this idea important?

Review the use of power line devices that use mains wiring to broadcast around the home. This causes serious pollution of the radio spectrum and also has major health implications. Do people realise that they are being bathed in high frequency radiation?

Update Allotment Law

There is a huge demand for allotments as more people want to grow their own food (health, climate change).  Allotments are still bound by laws created many years ago.  In today's world we need something that can be more rigorously enforced and which is relevant in today's world. 

Why is this idea important?

There is a huge demand for allotments as more people want to grow their own food (health, climate change).  Allotments are still bound by laws created many years ago.  In today's world we need something that can be more rigorously enforced and which is relevant in today's world. 

Control drugs and prostitution

As things stand, these two areas are outside the law so the law cannot take a controlling position in areas of human activity that clearly are out of control.
We need Royal Commissions on drugs and prostitution (euphanasia which I could not see a section for), and all the sections to be operated under the control of the NHS. Decriminalising leaves no one with overall responsibility and we need our doctors and nurses in control to stop things going wrong and where they have gone wrong, our medics can make things right where possible and limit damage otherwise.
We need computer tracking of people's involvement of prositution and drugs so that where ailments occur, things are understood by the NHS and further damage can be curtailed. A Psychiatrist would rather know a patient's drug patterns as a GU clinic would like to know partners, and pharmacueticals would like to know how to develop better and safer drugs for profit.
As it stands profits from drugs fuel gang rivalries, gun crime and terrorism, instead they should be funding schools, hospitals and the police from taxes, giving people jobs in a legitimate industry and developing pharmaceutical research, including in condoms.

Why is this idea important?

As things stand, these two areas are outside the law so the law cannot take a controlling position in areas of human activity that clearly are out of control.
We need Royal Commissions on drugs and prostitution (euphanasia which I could not see a section for), and all the sections to be operated under the control of the NHS. Decriminalising leaves no one with overall responsibility and we need our doctors and nurses in control to stop things going wrong and where they have gone wrong, our medics can make things right where possible and limit damage otherwise.
We need computer tracking of people's involvement of prositution and drugs so that where ailments occur, things are understood by the NHS and further damage can be curtailed. A Psychiatrist would rather know a patient's drug patterns as a GU clinic would like to know partners, and pharmacueticals would like to know how to develop better and safer drugs for profit.
As it stands profits from drugs fuel gang rivalries, gun crime and terrorism, instead they should be funding schools, hospitals and the police from taxes, giving people jobs in a legitimate industry and developing pharmaceutical research, including in condoms.

Draconion Smoking ban

This stupil ill thought out law should be amended, to allow pub landlords the choice, as in Spain, France Belgium, and Germany.

This law has ruined the pub and club trade, I used to love belonging and going to the local working mans club, and it was a great social evening, but no more, as 90 percent of members liked a smoke, now they are thinking about closing.

Its not rocket science to have a proper smoking section in clubs or pubs, or give the landlords a choice, then non smokers can stay away from these pubs, but I bet they don't.

Why is this idea important?

This stupil ill thought out law should be amended, to allow pub landlords the choice, as in Spain, France Belgium, and Germany.

This law has ruined the pub and club trade, I used to love belonging and going to the local working mans club, and it was a great social evening, but no more, as 90 percent of members liked a smoke, now they are thinking about closing.

Its not rocket science to have a proper smoking section in clubs or pubs, or give the landlords a choice, then non smokers can stay away from these pubs, but I bet they don't.

Revalidation of doctors – abolish it

The program of doctors' revalidation every 5 years is very expensive, putting a lot of pressure on doctors (beauricratic requirements and filling the forms) and there is no evidence that it will increase (or influence) patients' safety at all.
The famous Dr Shipman would pass the revalidation with honors …

Why is this idea important?

The program of doctors' revalidation every 5 years is very expensive, putting a lot of pressure on doctors (beauricratic requirements and filling the forms) and there is no evidence that it will increase (or influence) patients' safety at all.
The famous Dr Shipman would pass the revalidation with honors …

Serious about crime? Then de-criminalise drugs!

Serious about Crime

We are all aware that the fight against drug use and abuse over the last 50 years has failed spectacularly, no one can deny this.

We are also aware that the increasing use of drugs illegally has increased the levels of crime and violence to levels not seen in the last 100 years.

The number of public servants, social workers, police, NHS staff etc has risen to levels never required before, this is in response to the illegal use of drugs.

The number of people in prisons has exploded, around 84,000 currently.

It would be irresponsible to enact legislation, as proposed by Ken Clarke, to reduce short term prison sentences until the de-criminalisation of drugs is tackled.

Many prisoners are there for petty crime offences to pay for the illegal use of drugs. They will be forced to continue to support their habit / addiction illegally if they are not jailed  and so crime will continue to increase.

It is plainly a nonsense to prohibit drugs, as it would be plainly wrong to end prohibition without a proper structure to allow drug users to avail themselves of drugs legally. 

Now is the time for the Coalition Government to tackle this huge drug issue and put it at the front of our agenda for dealing with many of the problems in our society.

Why is this idea important?

Serious about Crime

We are all aware that the fight against drug use and abuse over the last 50 years has failed spectacularly, no one can deny this.

We are also aware that the increasing use of drugs illegally has increased the levels of crime and violence to levels not seen in the last 100 years.

The number of public servants, social workers, police, NHS staff etc has risen to levels never required before, this is in response to the illegal use of drugs.

The number of people in prisons has exploded, around 84,000 currently.

It would be irresponsible to enact legislation, as proposed by Ken Clarke, to reduce short term prison sentences until the de-criminalisation of drugs is tackled.

Many prisoners are there for petty crime offences to pay for the illegal use of drugs. They will be forced to continue to support their habit / addiction illegally if they are not jailed  and so crime will continue to increase.

It is plainly a nonsense to prohibit drugs, as it would be plainly wrong to end prohibition without a proper structure to allow drug users to avail themselves of drugs legally. 

Now is the time for the Coalition Government to tackle this huge drug issue and put it at the front of our agenda for dealing with many of the problems in our society.

Allow NHS Organisations / Departments to Profit from Entrepeneurial Activities

I work at a leading NHS Trust and feel that, with my colleages, my department has made many new innovations which have been both cost-saving and profit-generating. Unfortunately, the current policy is that any monies made over and above one's operating costs are ploughed back into the hospital central budget, and are of no use to the department in question.

Whilst I recognise that this policy was based on the idea that all money supporting the NHS comes from the taxpayer, this is no longer true, with many hospital departments offering private and external services to paying customers, and therefore generating real profits rather than the false profit earned when hospital departments sell their services to each other.

Why is this idea important?

I work at a leading NHS Trust and feel that, with my colleages, my department has made many new innovations which have been both cost-saving and profit-generating. Unfortunately, the current policy is that any monies made over and above one's operating costs are ploughed back into the hospital central budget, and are of no use to the department in question.

Whilst I recognise that this policy was based on the idea that all money supporting the NHS comes from the taxpayer, this is no longer true, with many hospital departments offering private and external services to paying customers, and therefore generating real profits rather than the false profit earned when hospital departments sell their services to each other.

Remove flouride from the national water supply

Fluoridation of water has been used for the prevention of tooth decay for over fifty years. During this time little research has been done to ascertain whether it works. The chemicals used are classified as toxic industrial waste, yet no study has ever been conducted into their safety for human consumption. Strongly opposed throughout the world, water fluoridation is far less widely accepted than its proponents would have us believe. Only two percent of the people of Western Europe have their water fluoridated – almost all of them within Britain and Ireland. Despite all this, the dental organizations lobby governments to compel everyone to ingest fluoride, whether they want it or not and without regard to possible harm. The vast majority of dentists maintain that fluoride is not debatable.

Why is this idea important?

Fluoridation of water has been used for the prevention of tooth decay for over fifty years. During this time little research has been done to ascertain whether it works. The chemicals used are classified as toxic industrial waste, yet no study has ever been conducted into their safety for human consumption. Strongly opposed throughout the world, water fluoridation is far less widely accepted than its proponents would have us believe. Only two percent of the people of Western Europe have their water fluoridated – almost all of them within Britain and Ireland. Despite all this, the dental organizations lobby governments to compel everyone to ingest fluoride, whether they want it or not and without regard to possible harm. The vast majority of dentists maintain that fluoride is not debatable.

Stop smoking anywhere and limit designated places

Ban them everywhere even at home as they are a health risk to the smoker and to the passive.

Place huge fines in public places, for smoking at home, and  increase penalties and taxes. Make it difficult for smokers to buy the cigarettes or even to import them as smoking cigarettes is plain stupid. Require public places to have designated areas and time limit or even a charge to use. Cigarettes should be treated as a drug class, banned in most places, and potentially as a criminal offense if it has effected someone or something.

Why is this idea important?

Ban them everywhere even at home as they are a health risk to the smoker and to the passive.

Place huge fines in public places, for smoking at home, and  increase penalties and taxes. Make it difficult for smokers to buy the cigarettes or even to import them as smoking cigarettes is plain stupid. Require public places to have designated areas and time limit or even a charge to use. Cigarettes should be treated as a drug class, banned in most places, and potentially as a criminal offense if it has effected someone or something.

Overhaul the drugs classification process

There should be a panel of scientific, medical, psychological and sociological experts who decide which drugs should be placed in each classification and a system whereby the government MUST follow these decisions.

Why is this idea important?

There should be a panel of scientific, medical, psychological and sociological experts who decide which drugs should be placed in each classification and a system whereby the government MUST follow these decisions.

Repeal Drugs Prohibition

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.

Why is this idea important?

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.

Repeal and change the Smoking Ban

Repeal the current blanket Smoking Ban that damages local pubs, as well as being a breach of fundamental human rights such as the Property Rights (of the proprietor) and the Right to Choose.

In its placeĀ could be a law stating that smoking indoors should be sectioned off in such a way that smoke does not enter into the non-smoking area, and that ventilation should be in place to make sure a certain ratio of air to smoke exists.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the current blanket Smoking Ban that damages local pubs, as well as being a breach of fundamental human rights such as the Property Rights (of the proprietor) and the Right to Choose.

In its placeĀ could be a law stating that smoking indoors should be sectioned off in such a way that smoke does not enter into the non-smoking area, and that ventilation should be in place to make sure a certain ratio of air to smoke exists.

Repeal the 2003 Sexual Offenses Act on keeping brothels

The 2003 Sexual Offenses Act makes it  "an offence for a person to keep, or to manage, or act or assist in the management of, a brothel to which people resort for practices involving prostitution "

This part of the act should be repealed and replaced with new laws regulating the operation of brothels.

Why is this idea important?

The 2003 Sexual Offenses Act makes it  "an offence for a person to keep, or to manage, or act or assist in the management of, a brothel to which people resort for practices involving prostitution "

This part of the act should be repealed and replaced with new laws regulating the operation of brothels.