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Dedicated Military Hospital For UK Petition

Summary:
Email forward asks recipients to sign an online petition calling on the UK government to create a dedicated military and veterans hospital within the UK (Full commentary below).



Status:
This is a valid petition

Example:(Submitted July 2008)
Subject: A Dedicated Military Hospital

A DEDICATED HOSPITAL WITHIN THE UK FOR SERVING MILITARY AND VETERANS

My understanding is that Selly Oak is good but it's just not able to deal with the numbers coming back. Like that outrageous business at Ashford where the NIMBY's tried to stop a Families Hospital near Headley Court , this seems to me to be one that the whole military family should get behind. As you will see below, time is short but it should still be possible to get some real numbers behind this one. If you feel able to help please sign up by visiting the link below, and also please pass it on. I'm not in favour to chain letters but this one really is worth it. They stopped road pricing because of the millions who signed one of these petitions - maybe we can do the same for a military hospital.

Please you will join this petition? Only 5000 people thereabouts have done this so far which is not a significant number when compared to other petitions.

Just some background, 2 Para alone have on this tour sent back over 50 casualties to the UK and from having been to Selly Oak myself I know that many cannot be accommodated so when all of the casualties from other battle groups are added to the figure, how is ONE ward in an NHS hospital going to cope? It cannot cope, the individual troops are sent home to recover relying on NHS visiting services which themselves are over committed.

A lot more than 5000 names are needed for this petition and quite cynically, Downing Street has put a time limit of one month for this to be achieved.

Do what you can.' Please add your name to the petition at :

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Wounded/



Commentary:
This email forward requests recipients to sign an online petition that calls on the UK government to create a dedicated Military & Veterans Hospital within the UK. It discusses apparent inadequacies in the UK health system that may leave wounded soldiers without the level of medical treatment that they deserve.

The petition is valid and UK citizens and expatriates can add their name via an official online petition hosted on the UK government's e-petitions website. The petition creator, Denzil Connick, has included the following details about the petition on the e-petition website:
With the growing numbers of wounded personnel repatriated to the UK and with continued growth in medically discharged personnel since the Falklands war to current conflicts and operations, our service men & women and veterans of previous operational service are owed the best medical care possible. The existing facilities are falling short and the NHS are not meeting the needs of veterans who still need treatment for their service related conditions. A dedicated Military & Veterans Hospital will greatly help resolve this National scandal since the complete closure of our military hospitals that has proved to be total folly.
Robin Wilton has published more information about the issues behind the petition in an entry on his blog.

At the time of writing, the petition had collected more than 36000 signatures. As the email states, the petition closes on the 19th August 2008.

It should be noted that, unlike pointless email-based petitions, petitions hosted on the UK Government's e-petitions website are entirely valid and will be acknowledged by government officials in the same way that more traditional paper-based petitions are. The E-petition: facts figures and progress webpage notes:
There is a long-established tradition of members of the public presenting petitions at the door of Number 10 Downing Street. The e-Petitions service has been designed to offer a modern parallel, which is more convenient for the petitioner. Unlike paper-based petitions, this service also provides an opportunity for Number 10 to respond to every petitioner via email.

Since its launch in November 2006, the ePetitions site has proved to be a highly popular innovation, helping people communicate with Government and with the Prime Minister's Office. ePetitions has become a part of the landscape of debate in the UK.

The service allows any UK citizen to create a petition and collect signatures via the website. Petitioners are asked to meet basic criteria, but we aim to accept most petitions. The principal reasons for rejecting petitions so far have been obscenity, potential to cause offence, libel or duplication.
References:
Create a dedicated Military & Veterans Hospital within the UK
Petition for dedicated military hospital
Are Email Petitions Useful?
E-petition: facts figures and progress


Last updated: 2nd August 2008
First published: 2nd August 2008

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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