Sometimes we can feel powerless to change things as individuals, but together we can make a difference. That’s why I’m a firm believer in the power of raising awareness, in campaigning in whatever ways possible, and in signing petitions as a means of affecting change. I thought I’d do a quick one here to share two current petitions that are hoping to get enough signatures to be investigated and discussed in parliament. If you want add your name and make your voice heard, please find the relevant links below :
Car Park Charges In NHS Hospitals
The Prime Minister is feeling the pressure with campaigners pushing for car parking charges in hospitals to be scrapped. Aptly referred to as the ‘stealth tax on sickness’, car parking charges rake in millions each year – £174 million reported for 2017 – at the expense of those who are ill, visiting sick friends and relatives, and even staff. I’ve posted before about the charges, which line the pockets of both the treasury and the private firms working on behalf of the NHS to run the car parks.
It’s been reported that a petition has been given to Downing Street with over 26,000 signatures, but 100,000 are needed to get the issue debated in parliament. Abolishing hospital parking charges has never been something Theresa May has set out to do, while Jeremy Corbyn had claimed to want to see this happen if he were PM. England is behind the curve yet again, with Wales no longer charging for car parking and most hospitals in Scotland offering free parking also.
Scrapping charges altogether would bring its own problems, not just in terms of lost income for the powers that be but potential issues with those not visiting the hospital using the car park. Surely there are ways to mitigate such problems (ie. proof of visitation or appointment). The eye-watering cost to park is a problem needs to be adequately addressed. You can sign the petition here.
2. Ocrelizumab Treatment For Primary Progressive MS
NICE has since gone back on their initial decision and approved the treatment Ocrelizumab for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis on the NHS in England/Wales. However, it is still not being approved for those with early primary progressive MS, despite the treatment potentially being able to offer hope for thousands that have the condition. Please sign the petition & share if you can. Bureaucracy & money shouldn’t stop those who need such treatments from getting them in the UK!
Thank you for reading & I hope everyone can have as positive a weekend as possible.