Reduced Applications for Disability Assistance

Our son has many complex, congenital deformities.   As a result, he is under 7 different teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital.   He is, thankfully, stable and at home with his family which is such a blessing.  However, we currently have to apply throughout the year for various assistance for his poor health.  For example, the Disability Living Allowance, the Carers Allowance, a blue badge for the car, exemption from congestion charging, a Statement of Education for School etc.   My time is totally taken up with his daily care needs and stock taking of his medical equipment and prescriptions not to mention making sure his two sisters are fulfilled and yet I am always filling in some form or application.

A disabled person should be met with by a medical professional, assessed and information then held centrally that generates their inclusion in these schemes automatically rather than making already stretched families jump through numerous hoops every time something is needed.

Why is this idea important?

Our son has many complex, congenital deformities.   As a result, he is under 7 different teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital.   He is, thankfully, stable and at home with his family which is such a blessing.  However, we currently have to apply throughout the year for various assistance for his poor health.  For example, the Disability Living Allowance, the Carers Allowance, a blue badge for the car, exemption from congestion charging, a Statement of Education for School etc.   My time is totally taken up with his daily care needs and stock taking of his medical equipment and prescriptions not to mention making sure his two sisters are fulfilled and yet I am always filling in some form or application.

A disabled person should be met with by a medical professional, assessed and information then held centrally that generates their inclusion in these schemes automatically rather than making already stretched families jump through numerous hoops every time something is needed.

Fertility

Older women should be given the chance for fertility treatment on the NHS and it should not be age bound. As many women who are over 40 are still fertile and would respond to fertility treatment. This idea that fertility treatment is a postcode lottery and age discrimination is unfair to a women who is at the last stages in her life to fulfill a dream to become a mother. I think the law should change and women over 40 should be given the chance to fulfill their dreams. I think women up to the age of 45 should be given the chance to have NHS fertility treatment.

Why is this idea important?

Older women should be given the chance for fertility treatment on the NHS and it should not be age bound. As many women who are over 40 are still fertile and would respond to fertility treatment. This idea that fertility treatment is a postcode lottery and age discrimination is unfair to a women who is at the last stages in her life to fulfill a dream to become a mother. I think the law should change and women over 40 should be given the chance to fulfill their dreams. I think women up to the age of 45 should be given the chance to have NHS fertility treatment.

Foreigners pay to use NHS

If i were to use the health service for example in the USA , they will not treat you without travel insurance or a credit card . My point is why are the citizens of this country subsidising people from other countries , who use the NHS for free ! . Why are they not charged or asked for there insurance policies ?. It is totaly unfair on us and the NHS for us all to pay for these surgical holiday makers !

Why is this idea important?

If i were to use the health service for example in the USA , they will not treat you without travel insurance or a credit card . My point is why are the citizens of this country subsidising people from other countries , who use the NHS for free ! . Why are they not charged or asked for there insurance policies ?. It is totaly unfair on us and the NHS for us all to pay for these surgical holiday makers !

Breathalyse anyone entering A&E

We all know that the NHS is under tremendous strain both financially and in staff numbers.

Anyone who has had the misfortune of going into A&E on a Friday or Saturday night will know that the waiting area is often full of drunk people who have either become involved in a drunken fight or injured themselves due to being drunk.

These injuries are self inflicted and increase the waiting times for everyone as well as make it uncomfortable for other paitents waiting for treatment.

Anyone who comes into A&E should be breathalysed and if they are over a set limit then they should be billed for their treatment.

Why is this idea important?

We all know that the NHS is under tremendous strain both financially and in staff numbers.

Anyone who has had the misfortune of going into A&E on a Friday or Saturday night will know that the waiting area is often full of drunk people who have either become involved in a drunken fight or injured themselves due to being drunk.

These injuries are self inflicted and increase the waiting times for everyone as well as make it uncomfortable for other paitents waiting for treatment.

Anyone who comes into A&E should be breathalysed and if they are over a set limit then they should be billed for their treatment.

Endgovernment interference with doctor-patient relationships.

The Labour government quietly introduced statin targets for the population over fifty. This resulted in doctors being pressurised into prescribing statins, not because the patients needed them but because they were under financial pressure to do so. A not very well informed relative of mine was told by a doctor that he had to take statins, even though they made him feel ill, as "it is the law that you have to."  A downright lie, but it was made by a doctor under financial pressure from the government.

Why is this idea important?

The Labour government quietly introduced statin targets for the population over fifty. This resulted in doctors being pressurised into prescribing statins, not because the patients needed them but because they were under financial pressure to do so. A not very well informed relative of mine was told by a doctor that he had to take statins, even though they made him feel ill, as "it is the law that you have to."  A downright lie, but it was made by a doctor under financial pressure from the government.

Ombudsman Schemes

I have occasion to use the Financial Services Ombudsman and represent an individual in the Health, Legal Services, Water Services and Parliamentary Ombudsman Scehmes.

In all cases I found the processes to be incredibly slow

I found that the procedures were court like and this meant that it made it very difficult for a complainant to advancea complaint as it was difficult or impossible for a complaint to adduce the evidence necessary to bring a successful claim (defeating the purpose of avoiding going to court).particularly as the one complained of does not necessarily have to place its card on the table (as is the case for litigation)

The scope and terms of reference under which complaints can be made are narrow and narrowly interpreted so such schemes are very limited and highly skewed in favour of large organisations or bodies who have infringed the rights of the complainants.

Why is this idea important?

I have occasion to use the Financial Services Ombudsman and represent an individual in the Health, Legal Services, Water Services and Parliamentary Ombudsman Scehmes.

In all cases I found the processes to be incredibly slow

I found that the procedures were court like and this meant that it made it very difficult for a complainant to advancea complaint as it was difficult or impossible for a complaint to adduce the evidence necessary to bring a successful claim (defeating the purpose of avoiding going to court).particularly as the one complained of does not necessarily have to place its card on the table (as is the case for litigation)

The scope and terms of reference under which complaints can be made are narrow and narrowly interpreted so such schemes are very limited and highly skewed in favour of large organisations or bodies who have infringed the rights of the complainants.

The Mental Health Act: consider repealing most powers of coercion

Nick Clegg promised that the government would "repeal" all of "the intrusive and unnecessary laws that inhibit people's freedom".  Many of us rejoiced prematurely, wrongly anticipating the imminent repeal of the illiberal powers contained in the hated Mental Health Act.  The Act confers powers that most of the public don't seem to realise are present in the Act, to impose unwanted mental health services on ordinary people who aren't a danger to anybody, and who communicate, with full mental capacity, clear advance directives refusing all mental health services.  
 
Will the government please initiate a consultation of mental health service users, past and present, including all those who have ever been sectioned, and those who are only compliant with unwanted treatment because they have been threatened with being sectioned if they do not comply?  Will he promise that the repeal of Mental Health Act's powers of coercion will not be ruled out from the outset of this consultation?

Why is this idea important?

Nick Clegg promised that the government would "repeal" all of "the intrusive and unnecessary laws that inhibit people's freedom".  Many of us rejoiced prematurely, wrongly anticipating the imminent repeal of the illiberal powers contained in the hated Mental Health Act.  The Act confers powers that most of the public don't seem to realise are present in the Act, to impose unwanted mental health services on ordinary people who aren't a danger to anybody, and who communicate, with full mental capacity, clear advance directives refusing all mental health services.  
 
Will the government please initiate a consultation of mental health service users, past and present, including all those who have ever been sectioned, and those who are only compliant with unwanted treatment because they have been threatened with being sectioned if they do not comply?  Will he promise that the repeal of Mental Health Act's powers of coercion will not be ruled out from the outset of this consultation?

No ring-fencing of NHS and international aid budgets

Ring-fencing of these budgets sounds fair and ethical, but is not, and I write as a manager in NHS primary healthcare.

  1. Primary care has set the tone for recent developments in secondary care (hospitals) whereby major savings have recently been agreed by clinicians leading their organisations, supported by managers – not the other way around.  This is exactly how GP surgeries have been run since 1948, with much success – contrary to the populist nonsense written in some newspapers.  The NHS has much scope for savings, which would be catalysed  by targeted savings, and is in line with the Big Society concept whereby the people doing the work are liberated from the bureaucracy of being controlled from above.
  2. Abolish taxpayer funds being given to often-corrupt regimes, as evidenced by some media coverage this weekend, in which those on the ground admit to a minimum of 25% graft and corruption – i.e. waste.  Give financial support to those that deal with the people, not corrupt politicians – the aid agencies.  They help people help themselves, not diverting funds to Swiss bank accounts.  It would set the pace around the world, and give funds to those that want to help themselves.  Be radical and make a difference!

Why is this idea important?

Ring-fencing of these budgets sounds fair and ethical, but is not, and I write as a manager in NHS primary healthcare.

  1. Primary care has set the tone for recent developments in secondary care (hospitals) whereby major savings have recently been agreed by clinicians leading their organisations, supported by managers – not the other way around.  This is exactly how GP surgeries have been run since 1948, with much success – contrary to the populist nonsense written in some newspapers.  The NHS has much scope for savings, which would be catalysed  by targeted savings, and is in line with the Big Society concept whereby the people doing the work are liberated from the bureaucracy of being controlled from above.
  2. Abolish taxpayer funds being given to often-corrupt regimes, as evidenced by some media coverage this weekend, in which those on the ground admit to a minimum of 25% graft and corruption – i.e. waste.  Give financial support to those that deal with the people, not corrupt politicians – the aid agencies.  They help people help themselves, not diverting funds to Swiss bank accounts.  It would set the pace around the world, and give funds to those that want to help themselves.  Be radical and make a difference!

Dissolve the NHS and Give Free Public Transport (Trains)

I propose a free transport system in place of the costly and obselete NHS. People should pay Health Insurance premiums and not such high taxes, i feel sick when i look at my wages and it shows i work a week for stuff i do not even use such as the NHS.

It is one the largest employers in the world and i still had to wait 2 months for an appointment for Trigger finger injection by which time i opted for private, My Dad had to wait 5 hours in A + E with Finger hanging off, My grandad died of secondary cancer which i do not believed helped with such late diagnosis after telling him he had a bad back, actually it was cancer eating the base of the spine.

So on the plus a free transport system would free up roads make the economy boom, it would provide unemployed incentive to work, students lumbered with less debt and i would have an extra £120.00 in my pocket each month instead of throwing it away at greedy private train operators who believe high prices are needed to provide good service.

In all essence if the system was modernised to such a point most of it could be automated !!

Why is this idea important?

I propose a free transport system in place of the costly and obselete NHS. People should pay Health Insurance premiums and not such high taxes, i feel sick when i look at my wages and it shows i work a week for stuff i do not even use such as the NHS.

It is one the largest employers in the world and i still had to wait 2 months for an appointment for Trigger finger injection by which time i opted for private, My Dad had to wait 5 hours in A + E with Finger hanging off, My grandad died of secondary cancer which i do not believed helped with such late diagnosis after telling him he had a bad back, actually it was cancer eating the base of the spine.

So on the plus a free transport system would free up roads make the economy boom, it would provide unemployed incentive to work, students lumbered with less debt and i would have an extra £120.00 in my pocket each month instead of throwing it away at greedy private train operators who believe high prices are needed to provide good service.

In all essence if the system was modernised to such a point most of it could be automated !!

Scrap the NHS RIO System

The rio system, interfers with our rights to privacy. It can cause the spread of inaccurate information about patients. It increases  stigmatisation of  eg mental health patients. It is intrusive. It causes you to be NHS blacklisted. It is quite unnecessary. It takes away our freedom of annonymousity.

 

Scrap the NHS national RIO system, it is an expensive tool for spreading slander.

Why is this idea important?

The rio system, interfers with our rights to privacy. It can cause the spread of inaccurate information about patients. It increases  stigmatisation of  eg mental health patients. It is intrusive. It causes you to be NHS blacklisted. It is quite unnecessary. It takes away our freedom of annonymousity.

 

Scrap the NHS national RIO system, it is an expensive tool for spreading slander.

Binge Drinking Prevention Idea

Speaking as a previously very heavy binge drinker who is now finding it extremely difficult to leave it be, I was thinking of just how it might be possible to prevent binge drinking without affecting the sensible drinker, this idea does not raise prices or give concern to anyone who is not abusing alcohol, but could very easily put a stop to people like myself getting into trouble with alcohol.

The idea consists of a card scheme, where everybody is issued with an alcohol card which must be presented to every shop keeper selling alcohol to you. The card will also be pre-programmed with your DOB and have your Photo embedded into the card.

The card must be scanned for each unit of alcohol sold, and the card has a daily limit of units allowed to be sold to that customer. Once the card has reached its daily limit, it will refuse the sale.

Now this way, no one person can purchase a dangerous amount of units every day,  and will greatly reduce under age drinking.

Yes there are some people who will still buy for others, but this is unpreventable in any scenario, but the idea will drastically save lives in my opinion as it is just too easy to buy cheap and dangerous amounts of alcohol for pennies and without being challenged by the shop keeper.

Why is this idea important?

Speaking as a previously very heavy binge drinker who is now finding it extremely difficult to leave it be, I was thinking of just how it might be possible to prevent binge drinking without affecting the sensible drinker, this idea does not raise prices or give concern to anyone who is not abusing alcohol, but could very easily put a stop to people like myself getting into trouble with alcohol.

The idea consists of a card scheme, where everybody is issued with an alcohol card which must be presented to every shop keeper selling alcohol to you. The card will also be pre-programmed with your DOB and have your Photo embedded into the card.

The card must be scanned for each unit of alcohol sold, and the card has a daily limit of units allowed to be sold to that customer. Once the card has reached its daily limit, it will refuse the sale.

Now this way, no one person can purchase a dangerous amount of units every day,  and will greatly reduce under age drinking.

Yes there are some people who will still buy for others, but this is unpreventable in any scenario, but the idea will drastically save lives in my opinion as it is just too easy to buy cheap and dangerous amounts of alcohol for pennies and without being challenged by the shop keeper.

Binge Drinking Prevention Idea

Speaking as a previously very heavy binge drinker who is now finding it extremely difficult to leave it be, I was thinking of just how it might be possible to prevent binge drinking without affecting the sensible drinker, this idea does not raise prices or give concern to anyone who is not abusing alcohol, but could very easily put a stop to people like myself getting into trouble with alcohol.

The idea consists of a card scheme, where everybody is issued with an alcohol card which must be presented to every shop keeper selling alcohol to you. The card will also be pre-programmed with your DOB and have your Photo embedded into the card.

The card must be scanned for each unit of alcohol sold, and the card has a daily limit of units allowed to be sold to that customer. Once the card has reached its daily limit, it will refuse the sale.

Now this way, no one person can purchase a dangerous amount of units every day,  and will greatly reduce under age drinking.

Yes there are some people who will still buy for others, but this is unpreventable in any scenario, but the idea will drastically save lives in my opinion as it is just too easy to buy cheap and dangerous amounts of alcohol for pennies and without being challenged by the shop keeper.

Why is this idea important?

Speaking as a previously very heavy binge drinker who is now finding it extremely difficult to leave it be, I was thinking of just how it might be possible to prevent binge drinking without affecting the sensible drinker, this idea does not raise prices or give concern to anyone who is not abusing alcohol, but could very easily put a stop to people like myself getting into trouble with alcohol.

The idea consists of a card scheme, where everybody is issued with an alcohol card which must be presented to every shop keeper selling alcohol to you. The card will also be pre-programmed with your DOB and have your Photo embedded into the card.

The card must be scanned for each unit of alcohol sold, and the card has a daily limit of units allowed to be sold to that customer. Once the card has reached its daily limit, it will refuse the sale.

Now this way, no one person can purchase a dangerous amount of units every day,  and will greatly reduce under age drinking.

Yes there are some people who will still buy for others, but this is unpreventable in any scenario, but the idea will drastically save lives in my opinion as it is just too easy to buy cheap and dangerous amounts of alcohol for pennies and without being challenged by the shop keeper.

Curb NHS holidays, creating more staff

Currently NHS staff get 12 weeks holiday a year.  That means they only work 9 months of every year.  If you cut the holiday to normal civil service 6 weeks you will increase the productivity of NHS staff by almost 12%.  For every 100 staff, you will gain the equivalent of another 11.5 people.

Why is this idea important?

Currently NHS staff get 12 weeks holiday a year.  That means they only work 9 months of every year.  If you cut the holiday to normal civil service 6 weeks you will increase the productivity of NHS staff by almost 12%.  For every 100 staff, you will gain the equivalent of another 11.5 people.

Disband the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

The legislation creating the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council should be repealed, and all medical regulation should be put on an entirely evidence-based basis.

Why is this idea important?

The legislation creating the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council should be repealed, and all medical regulation should be put on an entirely evidence-based basis.

Double taxation on alcohol and cigarettes

I believe that a large proportion of the NHS budget is spent on keeping people with cigarette and alcohol-related illnesses or accidents alive.

I think the increase in taxation on these items should not be a small increase of less than 5%.  I think we should possibly double the tax on all types of cigarettes and alcohol. 

I am not a smoker but a keen drinker!    If a pint of beer was £5 as opposed to £2.50 then I would seriously watch my alcohol intake, and I think many other people would do too.

Why is this idea important?

I believe that a large proportion of the NHS budget is spent on keeping people with cigarette and alcohol-related illnesses or accidents alive.

I think the increase in taxation on these items should not be a small increase of less than 5%.  I think we should possibly double the tax on all types of cigarettes and alcohol. 

I am not a smoker but a keen drinker!    If a pint of beer was £5 as opposed to £2.50 then I would seriously watch my alcohol intake, and I think many other people would do too.

Stop focusing specifically on the ‘obesity crisis’

Yes, Britain is fat. Yes, we need to have healthy eating regimes and programmes for excersise for our children so that in the future, heart disease and all manner of other ailments can be reduced. Yes, the public need to be aware of what constitutes an unsafe diet and how to incorporate activity on a day to day basis so that we can all remain ticking over nicely.

 

However, there are many other eating disorders out there that also affect millions and millions of people all over the UK. Anorexia and Bulimia are some of the most prevelant eating disorders in society today and most of the time, we have no idea that they are happening. Anorexia kills on average, 10% of all sufferers and can leave others with irreversable organ damage, osteoporosis and infertility.
From personal experience, I have met more people at my college suffering from either of these disoders than I have met overweight induviduals. I understand that this is only one specific place, but I find this emphasises the problem to see that there are more young people wanting to starve themselves than there are people binge eating purely at my institution. What does that say about the rest of the UK?

I think there should be much more awareness at present about these disorders, considering they affect 1.1 million young people a year . Males and females alike are bombarded by rediculous advertising images of 'perfect' models pretty much dictating how they should look. Newspapers and magazines are filled with fad celebrity diet plans and lists of who appears fat or not. I think it's disgusting.

So, to summarise – Keep awareness high on the obesity crisis, BUT also include other disorders on the same level. Binge eating itself is disordered and I think these should all be grouped together so that we can determine what is safe to do about the situations we are faced with. 

Having suffered from Anorexia myself, there was a disgusting lack of available help in my area and after being passed from place to place, I'm left feeling demotivated and unwilling to try and recover. I WANT to, but the help just isn't there. If the government need a place to spend their money, I feel this is one thing that would help millions of young people UK wide if it was put into place. 

Why is this idea important?

Yes, Britain is fat. Yes, we need to have healthy eating regimes and programmes for excersise for our children so that in the future, heart disease and all manner of other ailments can be reduced. Yes, the public need to be aware of what constitutes an unsafe diet and how to incorporate activity on a day to day basis so that we can all remain ticking over nicely.

 

However, there are many other eating disorders out there that also affect millions and millions of people all over the UK. Anorexia and Bulimia are some of the most prevelant eating disorders in society today and most of the time, we have no idea that they are happening. Anorexia kills on average, 10% of all sufferers and can leave others with irreversable organ damage, osteoporosis and infertility.
From personal experience, I have met more people at my college suffering from either of these disoders than I have met overweight induviduals. I understand that this is only one specific place, but I find this emphasises the problem to see that there are more young people wanting to starve themselves than there are people binge eating purely at my institution. What does that say about the rest of the UK?

I think there should be much more awareness at present about these disorders, considering they affect 1.1 million young people a year . Males and females alike are bombarded by rediculous advertising images of 'perfect' models pretty much dictating how they should look. Newspapers and magazines are filled with fad celebrity diet plans and lists of who appears fat or not. I think it's disgusting.

So, to summarise – Keep awareness high on the obesity crisis, BUT also include other disorders on the same level. Binge eating itself is disordered and I think these should all be grouped together so that we can determine what is safe to do about the situations we are faced with. 

Having suffered from Anorexia myself, there was a disgusting lack of available help in my area and after being passed from place to place, I'm left feeling demotivated and unwilling to try and recover. I WANT to, but the help just isn't there. If the government need a place to spend their money, I feel this is one thing that would help millions of young people UK wide if it was put into place. 

Fair prescription charging for all

I find it discraceful that when I go and see a doctor I have to pay £7.60 (or thereabouts) for a prescription, because I work and pay into the system, and yet when some chav comes in who doesn't work and doesnt pay N.I they get the same prescription for free. I mean, we could both have exactly the same chest infection or something, and I have to pay but they don't? That is not fair.

I would like to propose a new system. I would like to see the government and the NHS between them work out the total value of all prescriptions dispensed in a year at current prices. I don't mind people who have genuine, long term (say 6 months plus) illnesses recieving free prescriptions as it is not their fault that they can't work and are ill. So the govornment/NHS should then work out how much the prescriptions in this catagory come to, and discount that. Then, if they divide the amount of prescriptions left into the total cost, this should give the amount that people should be paying. Charge this amount to EVERYONE. Not only will this get rid of the very unfair system we have at the moment, but it should significantly reduce the amount that the tax paying workforce have to pay at the same time, as the workshy chavs would have to pay their way for once.

Why is this idea important?

I find it discraceful that when I go and see a doctor I have to pay £7.60 (or thereabouts) for a prescription, because I work and pay into the system, and yet when some chav comes in who doesn't work and doesnt pay N.I they get the same prescription for free. I mean, we could both have exactly the same chest infection or something, and I have to pay but they don't? That is not fair.

I would like to propose a new system. I would like to see the government and the NHS between them work out the total value of all prescriptions dispensed in a year at current prices. I don't mind people who have genuine, long term (say 6 months plus) illnesses recieving free prescriptions as it is not their fault that they can't work and are ill. So the govornment/NHS should then work out how much the prescriptions in this catagory come to, and discount that. Then, if they divide the amount of prescriptions left into the total cost, this should give the amount that people should be paying. Charge this amount to EVERYONE. Not only will this get rid of the very unfair system we have at the moment, but it should significantly reduce the amount that the tax paying workforce have to pay at the same time, as the workshy chavs would have to pay their way for once.

NHS Direct

Get rid of the NHS Direct website.  It only provides information that is duplicated elsewhere by health sites; provides mainly useless information; and for the majority of queries just advices the user to visit their GP (which they could have done in the first place).  It is an expensive; at best provides little or no real 'advice'; and at worst can delay patients seeking advice from their doctor for what may turn out to be a serious medical problem that cannot be diagnosed from a series of multi-choice questions.

Why is this idea important?

Get rid of the NHS Direct website.  It only provides information that is duplicated elsewhere by health sites; provides mainly useless information; and for the majority of queries just advices the user to visit their GP (which they could have done in the first place).  It is an expensive; at best provides little or no real 'advice'; and at worst can delay patients seeking advice from their doctor for what may turn out to be a serious medical problem that cannot be diagnosed from a series of multi-choice questions.