So my phone buzzes, and it's an email from the Government Petitions Committee - as I nervously scroll through, my eyes immediately spot the sentence "I’m pleased to let you know that the petitions committee has agreed to schedule a debate on your pay rise petition". I almost dropped my phone!
I couldn’t believe it, the previous day I felt my campaign had gone a little stale, with media interest drying up, I began to wonder if NHS staff and frontline workers had been forgotten about?
I said to myself, Shane you just need a fresh approach, so I decided to move away from the usual contacting of MPs asking for their support, and then it hit me - Marcus Rashford the inspirational footballer immediately sprang to mind.
I thought if one high profile celebrity could get our government to do a complete u-turn on their decision not to provide children with free school meals over the summer, what could a bunch of celebrities' support for my petition do?
Don't send your kids back to school on June 1st. Britain doesn't yet meet the criteria to start easing restrictions under the guidelines set out by the World Health Organisation - which say the infection rate must be under control. And it isn't.
There are 8000 new Covid-19 cases per day here in the UK - this has been estimated by Professor Jonathan Edmunds, a member of the government's own SAGE committee - the figures the government is pushing daily admit to only around 2000.
Over a three day period since schools reopened in South Korea, there were 177 new cases, which has led their government to reclose schools. There were 324 Covid-19 deaths here in the UK just yesterday - in South Korea, which has a similar population to the UK, there have been just 269 deaths in total. There have been 38,161 here...
Ignore the British government... Keep your kids at home. We are being led by donkeys.
At least five members of SAGE, and a reported similar number from its subsidiary groups, h...
Despitehaving spent the last week running out of Covid19 home testing kits to fulfil demand, a government-sanctioned helpline is apparently telling people who have managed to receive them to... throw them away.
Teacher Tom Howell, from Leeds, contacted the official helpline after his test kit arrived without a return label, but instead of emailing him one, or even just telling him the address to return his samples to, the adviser, who said that 'a lot' had been sent out without the necessary labels, told him to 'just put it in the bin'.
The government's self-referral portal for people applying for testing has been widely criticised after running out of the home testing kits numerous times since its launch last week, and it would be reasonable to assume that any avoidable wastage of stocks should be a priority.
While it isn't possible to put an exact figure on what constitutes 'a lot' of unlabelled tests, the fact is that these kits, which people are being advised to throw away unuse...
A Merseyside organisation is bulk buying and supplying PPE to the NHS and smaller organisations who have found themselves unable to access the vital supplies through the government - and is fundraising to help cover the cost of their work.
Help Bank Finder, the team behind the groundbreaking MyFoodBankFinder app, are sourcing protective equipment and delivering direct to organisations in need during the Covid19 pandemic.
And they say that contrary to reports, supplies of both the lifesaving PPE and real-time Covid19 testing kits ARE there, and available - the government is just failing to access them.
"Every supplier we know that the government has spoken to has said the exact same thing to us - emailed the Gov, took weeks to get a reply, then more silence - that results in the suppliers having to sell abroad. It's the same. Every. Single. Time" said HBF director Dom Lipscombe,
"It's also worth mentioning that we've had a department of USA's Homeland Security reach out to us, but not our o...
A Bristol nurse whotweeted photos out of date PPE supplies still being given out to NHS staff has mysteriously vanished from the social media platform.
At 9.08am today, the account @MrBazJ, whose bio described him as a 'Proud NHS Nurse', posted images of PPE supplies he claimed were received today, clearly showing that original expiry dates, in 2016 and 2017, had been hidden with new stickers - one of which had just one day left, and one where even the new expiry date had passed 10 months ago.
He tweeted: "Are the #UKgov laughing at us? We need protection, not a flimsy attempt at shutting us up"
Just over an hour later, ITV journalist Harry Peet replied to the tweet, asking for an interview about the PPE situation. But shortly after, the tweet disappeared - then all the account's tweets disappeared - then the account itself vanished completely...
Of course, it may be that Baz has chosen to delete his account for some reason - possibly concern about potential repercussions at work, or medi...
The Prole Star is launching a countrywide leaflet campaign in the runup to the General Election to raise awareness of the threat posed to the NHS by Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.
We have reproduced data from a genuine US healthcare invoice in a mockup ‘bill’ to illustrate what UK patients could face if US corporations are given access to our NHS in the trade deal Johnson is planning to offer Donald Trump, and will be distributing up to 100,000 of these door to door, targeting marginal constituencies across the UK.
The mock bill includes a message at the end: ‘What to do if you cannot afford to pay this bill?’ and the answer ‘Don’t vote Conservative in the General Election’.
The campaign will be launched before the end of November in Trafford, the ‘birthplace of the NHS’ where the first hospital offering free healthcare to all was inaugurated by Nye Bevan in 1948.
The leaflets were paid for following our successful crowdfunding campaign, where we were able to almost double our original tar...
As Whitehall bows its collective head to rightly remember the fallen of a century's wars, Theresa May and her party should bow theirs in shame for the callous and cruel punishment they have inflicted on Britain's real 'unknown soldiers'.
While the bands play and finely crafted wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph, there will be dozens of homeless ex-servicemen within easy walking distance. An estimated one in ten of Britain's homeless are former members of the armed services.
Thousands of ex-servicemen and women face a daily struggle, some with life-changing physical disabilities, many more with 'invisible' problems like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The response of this government, and its predecessors: Harsh benefit cuts and sanctions and starving the NHS of vital funding for mental health and other services.
The name of Northern Ireland veteran David Clapson does not appear on any war memorial, but nevertheless he died for his country - because his country's ruling elite rewarded his s...
Diet and sport, one of the most openly diversely interpreted ways of ensuring well-being within the human body, can promote perfection with mind, body and results given, applied in the correct way.
To help with perfection, websites, tips and experts all preach the promotion of diet in sport, and rightly so. A well thought out, thorough plan of the correct nutrients your body requires is undervalued by many of today's participants.
Expert dietary advice is no more sought after than in Rugby League; a high impact, explosive contact sport designed for the not so faint hearted.
Glycogen, one of the most valued components of a Rugby League players dietary requirements, can be recognised when players 'carb up' the night before a game.
According to Sports Diets Australian one of the leading advice websites for Rugby League dietary information "Glycogen stores have been shown to reduce by 40% over a professional competitive rugby league match."
According to KidsHealth "Glucose is the main source...
Here's my thought for the day. Being disabled, sick and vulnerable in Britain today is not just scary but petrifying. My disability and illness are by no way extreme when compared to those having to be lived with by many I know or know of. I still have some days, though quite rare, where I can almost live as I used to. Where I can get out, ride a bike, even very rarely camp. These days are few and far between and usually come with a physical, mental and yes an emotional cost but I would never give those opportunities up.
Many do not even get the odd respite, and for some each day is an actual fight for life. Most of the time we exist rather than live. We draw breath, eat (some of us), sleep (some of us), lay in bed or on the sofa and depend upon the kindness and friendship of others to communicate and feel part of the outside world. That is existing. For some its far worse.
Now disability provision is signposted with a sign depiction a wheelchair. What I have learned the hard way is...
My illness' and disabilities are hidden. Most of the time when you see me you might look at me and think 'he is not ill' or 'he is cheating the system' or 'he is a lazy bastard'.
You know what, on my good days - the only days you are likely to see me - I perhaps would look in the mirror and agree.
What you do not see are the majority of my days where I may only move from bed to couch, if at all, where I have to almost crawl to the toilet, where I do not dare to bath or shower in case I get stuck. You do not see me fall off the toilet, you do not see me burn my food or leave the cooker on. You do not see me dehydrate not only because I cannot get up to make a drink but also because I am scared I will not have the energy to get to the toilet afterwards.
You do not see that I have a wheel chair, for on the days I need to use it I cannot because I have no energy to push myself along and will not because I have some twisted sense of dignity.
Twenty three Labour MPs have so far signed up to this week's bid to have cruel Tory cuts to disability benefits overturned. In PMQ's, Jeremy Corbyn's plea to Theresa May that she reverse her decision, which went against the findings of an independent court, fell on deaf ears.
There are, unsurprisingly, no Tory names on the list. This is the reality of May's war on the vulnerable.
This is real life for a young Scottish girl whose sister contacted The Prole Star - we'll call her Danielle Blake.
Danielle was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects her legs badly. She literally can't straighten her legs. She can stand for less than a minute before her legs visibly shake then she must sit back down.
When she does walk (only on good days and only a few metres at a time) she walks on her tiptoes and needs to hold the walls or furniture as she has very little balance. In childhood she used crutches, but as she grew older her legs have become so stiff that she now can't go outside withou...
I’ve been trying to write this piece for quite a while. I can, I think, be forgiven for my procrastination given the current fast pace of political activity, change, response and reaction. But it’s not only the dynamics and scale of the issue(s) that has hindered me but also the horror, the increasingly unbelievable farce of it all.
The first of my concerns - Finding Tory – may appear odd given that at one level the government and the impact of their policies and practices is everywhere. But, shockingly much of what they are doing as in Whoops There Goes Our NHS etc. takes place quietly, sneakily, with little fanfare and (often) little reaction.
In my last post (Grief and Loss, Emotional and Material Concerns | Part Memoir, Part Rant) I wrote of the recently announced cuts to financial bereavement support and how these will significantly negatively impact on the lives of widowed parents with young children. In the last couple of days we have also heard from t...
My experience of the NHS? Last week (Wednesday) I woke up with a very painful shoulder. I couldn't get an appointment for that day with my GP so went to a walk in centre and they suggested I go to A&E which I did.
I was there for possibly an hour before being triaged, sent straight away for an Xray on my shoulder and given the results within 20 minutes. They said I had calcification in my shoulder that was pressing on a nerve and prescribed painkillers. In A&E for less than 2 hours, seen by professional and caring staff. I was advised to go and see my GP for pain management.
I got an appointment with my Dr the next day. He gave me stronger painkillers (morphine is the bomb!) and said I needed an injection in my shoulder but it would need to be ordered and he booked me an appointment for the next day.
I went the next day and was given the injection. My Dr said that something had shown up on my shoulder Xray and that I needed to go for a chest Xray. No appointment needed so I went to...
And he looks to be on course to break his own record in 2016/17, racking up bills of almost £850.00 in the first 4 months alone.
Researching online, the most expensive mobile deal we were able to find only cost £63.00 per month for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and an enormous 30 gigabytes of data - surely sufficient for even the most garrulous government man?
We are forced to conclude that Jeremy may have been calling premium rate numbers, or making in-app purchases for mobile games. It might shed some light on why he was chastised in the Commons for fiddling with his phone during a...
Winter is tough on our health services. Increasing cold weather and ice lead to a greater more accidents as well as the problems of poorly heated homes and seasonal flus. A recent poll of doctors by the BMA found that the majority were concerned with the ability of the NHS to deal with the pressures put upon its services this winter.
This is a valid and frustrating concern. Surely, if winter comes around every year
(I checked – it does) then why is there such poor provision set to prepare for it?
I remember working in a hospital in 2010 which set aside two wards as winter overflow wards. Both have since been opened full time due to the increasing demand throughout the year paired with the gradual reduction in real funding compared to planned funding, inflation and outsourced service price hikes.
The survey result comes at a time when many of us are concerned over the future of a public health service. Vaughan Gething, the Welsh health secretary, addressed assembly members warning that th...