Declares that the Petitioners believe that care received by Mr Ken Puttick at Worthing Hospital, West Sussex, was appalling and inadequate; further declares that consultants were not available at weekends, leading to delays to necessary medical procedures; further declares that the number of intensive care beds available was insufficient to meet the needs of the patients and to allow the necessary time for rehabilitation; and further declares that the training given to nurses caring for patients was inadequate.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to take steps to increase the number of intensive care beds available; to ensure that care for patients is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week; and to improve the training offered to nurses who care for multiple organ failure patients who have been transferred from intensive care units.
The issues raised in the petition are local matters for West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT) and my Department will bring these to the attention of the Strategic Health Authority, NHS South East Coast.
The Government are deeply committed to tackling antisocial behaviour in all its forms and have made it a key priority for action at all levels. We all know that antisocial behaviour and crime are stubborn features of our broken society.
We firmly believe that the public have the right to have their concerns about antisocial behaviour promptly tackled by the police and local partners to ensure that people feel safe in their homes and neighbourhoods.
There are a number of powers available to the police, local authorities, social landlords and other front-line practitioners to tackle antisocial behaviour and there is also detailed guidance on how to make full and effective use of them. Warnings, acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs), fixed penalty notices, enforcement of tenancy agreements, antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs), and injunctions are all tools that could be used to stop antisocial behaviour. There should be no situation in which antisocial behaviour cannot be tackled or victims not supported.
In 1997-98, the Government secured a voluntary ban on the testing of cosmetic finished products and ingredients on animals in the United Kingdom. We did this because we believed that there was inadequate justification for using animals given the benefits of these products and the alternative tests available. After 13 years of negotiations, other European Union (EU) countries agreed to the phasing in of a near-total ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetic products throughout the EU from 2009. The European Cosmetics Directive defines cosmetics to include not only vanity products but also other products such as toothpaste, baby care products and sun cream.
The Government totally condemn the horrendous crime of trafficking people into, out of and within the United Kingdom and are committed to ensuring the UK is a hostile environment for those who seek to profit from this vile trade.
From 1 April 2010, responsibility for tackling human trafficking in London has rested with an expanded Clubs and Vice Unit which is supported by being part of the Specialist Crime Directorate (SCD) of the Metropolitan Police Service. This change will reduce duplication, improve leadership governance, accountability and clarity for partners and victims. The move to SCD will enable an increased focus on organised crime and enable better access and use of that Directorate's assets in order to improve the response to human trafficking.
On 30 September 2009 the Metropolitan Police Service had 32,904 police officers, 4,637 police community support officers and 13,693 police staff. The Government do not determine the number of police officers that are deployed to Croydon by the Metropolitan Police Service: that is a matter for the Commissioner (Sir Paul Stephenson QPM) and the Metropolitan Police Authority. At the end of March 2010 the Croydon Operational Command Unit had 747 police officers, 173 police community support officers and 75 Special Constables.
The Government understand that decisions about the allocation of resources to the London Borough Operational Command Units is informed by the Metropolitan Police Resource Allocation Formula which is kept under review by the Commissioner and the Metropolitan Police Authority. We have drawn this petition to the attention of the Commissioner and the Metropolitan Police Authority.