Jean Gaffin, the Pain UK’s Pain Champion for 2013, has started an online petition calling for the UK health authorities to improve the way they treat people in pain.
“People often suffer in silence – even when they see a healthcare professional. If asking about pain was as routine as taking a temperature or blood pressure, people living with chronic pain could be helped routinely and regularly to manage their pain and have it treated effectively,” explained Jean.
You can sign the e-petition by following this link: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/pe...
The petition needs 100,000 signatures to be eligible for a debate in the House of Commons and 10,000 signatures before it will prompt a response from the Government. So far, 2,097 people signed it, however Jean is aiming for as many as possible. The petition closes in December.
To help reach our target, we are looking to hear about experiences of people who have had GPs, nurses or other healthcare professionals ask about their pain and had pain measured regularly. We’d like to know what benefit this brought to your pain management programme? Did you feel better assured that your pain was taken care of and managed more effectively? Do you believe that this petition calls for an important change in legislation that will benefit thousands of people living with chronic pain?
Likewise, we would like to hear from people who do not have this sort of experience: we’d like to know if you think this is something healthcare professionals should be asking on a regular basis? How would you feel if your pain was asked about, measured, recorded and managed at every opportunity? What difference would it make to the way your pain is managed?
We are hoping to incorporate the views in our media campaign to help publicise the e-petition. To date the petition has been signed by 2,097 people. We are aiming for 10,000 signatures to get the government’s response, and 100,000 signatures to have it debated in the parliament.
Please leave your comments in the comment box below. Alternatively email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line E-Petition.