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Petitions

Monday 15 December 2014

PRESENTED PETITION

Petition presented to the House but not read on the Floor

Spread Co Limited


The Petition of sundry former employees of Spread Co Limited,


Declares that although Spread Co Limited (based in Northwood Hills) has a heavy online presence it is actually a small company with fewer than 50 members of staff occupying a few rooms above an inexpensive row of shops; further that Spread Co Limited has made losses for most of its history; further that despite its small workforce Spread Co Limited has attracted numerous staff complaints and civil claims; further that Spread Co has been making redundancies and has been cost-cutting since 2012; further that an Employment Tribunal this year found that the CEO of Spread Co Limited, Ajay Pabari, had treated a manager, Richard Pashley, unlawfully as well as treating a female member of staff unlawfully (although the female member of staff did not win her constructive dismissal claim as she had resigned prematurely against legal advice) and that other members of staff had compromised claims successfully; further that there have been repeated and multiple claims that Spread Co Limited has been involved in questionable financial practices and employment blacklisting; further that there have been repeated complaints about Ajay Pabari, Matt Funnell (the Head of IT) and Richard Pashley; and further that the Petitioners believe it appropriate to warn investors and customers of the substantial risk to their money.


The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Financial Conduct Authority and the Data Protection Commissioner to investigate Spread Co Limited, Ajay Pabari, Richard Pashley and Matt Funnel in relation to the numerous staff complaints that Spread Co has attracted, the claims that Spread Co Limited has been involved in questionable financial practices and employment blacklisting and the complaints against the individuals mentioned.


And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by John Hemming .][P001416]

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OBSERVATIONS

Health

Localised healthcare in North East Cambridgeshire


The Petition of residents of the North East Cambridgeshire Constituency,


Declares that the Petitioners believe that healthcare should be more localised in North East Cambridgeshire; further that residents of North East Cambridgeshire face long travel times and costs when requiring procedures which should be delivered locally; further that the Petitioners believe that treating patients locally brings significant benefits; and further that there is a community campaign entitled ‘Treat Me Local’ calling for healthcare to be more localised in North East Cambridgeshire which has been signed by 1,389 individuals.


The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to ensure that the ten pledges of the Treat Me Local campaign in North East Cambridgeshire are fulfilled within twelve months.


And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Stephen Barclay, Official Report, 25 November 2014; Vol. 588, c. 888.]

[P001401]


Observations from the Secretary of State for the Department of Health:

Decisions about local services should be made as close to patients as possible, by those who are best placed to work with the patients and the public to understand their needs. Patients and carers should be at the heart of the NHS, through shared decision-making about their care and meaningful involvement in how health services are organised.

Local NHS commissioners now have the freedom and autonomy to take responsibility for meeting the needs of local patients and the public by working closely with secondary care, other health and care professionals and with community partners to design joined up services.

These commissioning arrangements encourage innovation by placing commissioning with the local GPs who know patients best and are aware of the latest clinical evidence and technological advances in health and care.

The hon. Member for North-East Cambridgeshire has met local commissioners to discuss the “Treat Me Local” campaign, and local commissioners have welcomed his interest in developing health services further for the local population.