SEFTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WOMEN IN
Fell of Impact Business Coaching met up with local MP Claire
Curtis-Thomas to discuss the possibilities of working together to
help build a strong business network group for the borough.
Chamber of Commerce 'women in business' meeting in January proved
to be a huge success and the next meeting are booked for March 10
at Formby Hall Golf Club. Curtis-Thomas
will be delivering a short address to the women attending and has
vowed to support the group whole
the meeting Claire said, "I support the women in
business network and am deeply concerned at the lack of women in
senior positions in the private and public sectors. I am
keen to do whatever I can to promote women whose contribution
at the moment is not available in the community!"
Gill Fell is delighted to have this support and is hoping to
assist Claire with the future development of workshops and
training for women starting up new businesses in the area.
Crewe, chief executive of the Sefton Chamber of Commerce added
that, "Local business women will have the continued
support of the Chamber and urges all business women, owners,
managers or key personnel to attend the next meeting."
through referrals is the subject of the next
meeting when Claire Curtis Thomas is looking forward to meeting
South Asian Organ Donors
Report with thanks to the Department of Health
- A new South Asian Organ Donor ad campaign to encourage more Asians to
become organ donors and save lives is being launched by the Department of Health.
People of Asian origin are three times as likely than the general
population to develop conditions that lead to kidney failure.
Successful transplants are greatly increased if donor and recipient
are from the same ethnic group but there aren't enough Asian people
on the organ donor register.
Speaking about her involvement in the campaign to encourage more
Asian organ donors, one of the campaign's 'stars', 25 year old
transplant recipient Riminder from Southall, said:-
"I have spent most of my life waiting for a suitable donor to come
forward. As a community we need to understand issues such as organ
donation that affect us directly as a community. The fact is there
are more Asians on the transplant waiting list and not enough of us
coming forward to donate. We need to take action.
Everyday more and more people are finding themselves in the same
position as me, and if I can prevent someone going through what I and
my family did, then I am happy to do so. As a community we need to
act now, and make sure that we join the NHS organ Donor Register, you
could save someone's life"
Health Minister David Lammy said:-
"Currently 841 Asian people are awaiting transplants in the UK, but
there are not enough people of Asian origin on the NHS Organ Donor
Register. Unfortunately this means that some people die whilst
waiting for a transplant. Due to a high rate of diabetes and high blood pressure amongst the
Asian community, we estimate that in a few years time half the people
on kidney dialysis may be Asian and in need of a transplant.
We all need to take action by carrying a donor card and joining the
NHS Organ Donor Register. Please call the Organ Donor Line, 0845 60
60 400, or visit the website www.nhs.uk/organdonor/thesolution."
Report with thanks to the Department of Health
- HEALTH Minister, Jacqui Smith today issued the Epilepsy Action Plan,
which will help improve services for people with epilepsy, their
families and careers. This follows publication of the National Clinical Audit of Epilepsy-Related Deaths. The audit was sponsored by the National Institute for Clinical
Excellence (NICE) to establish whether or not any deficiencies in the standard of clinical management,
or in the overall healthcare package, could have contributed to any deaths.
Health Minister, Jacqui Smith said:-
"We have taken the findings of the audit seriously and I hope that
this action plan will result in improved services for people with
epilepsy and their families. It covers a wide range of strategies and
- spending £1.2 million over the next two years on a project with the
NHS Modernisation Agency to improve access to neurology services;
- supporting the National Society for Epilepsy with a Section 64
grant of £288,600 over the next 3 years to improve support and
information for people with epilepsy and their families; this is in
addition to an existing grant of £122,000 to support their "Living
Well" project which provides local courses to promote self-help and
self-management for people living with epilepsy;
- - work across government and by
professional organisations to modernise pathology and post mortem services which will address any
shortfalls in current practice, and help improve support and
information for bereaved families of people with epilepsy;
- - medicines management programmes which are raising awareness among
health professionals, improving partnership between patients and
professionals in relation to medicine taking, and looking at the
effective use of medicines;
- - helping to develop more general
practitioners with a special interest in neurology;
- - improving care and support for pregnant women with epilepsy.
In addition to the Epilepsy Action Plan, the National Institute for
Clinical Excellence (NICE) will publish an appraisal of anti-epilepsy
drugs next year followed by a guideline on the diagnosis, management
and treatment of epilepsy in 2004. Also, the National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions will consider how we can improve
neurology services and is due to be published in 2004.
Both of these pieces of work show our increased commitment to getting a better deal for this group of people."
Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, said "I am happy to see the Department of
Health publishing this action plan. My 2001 Annual Report recommended the need for a real
commitment to put right the long standing weaknesses in the standard
of care for people with epilepsy. I think this action plan is an
important step in the process of improving awareness and understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) and will
lead to improved care and services for people with epilepsy."
The audit was sponsored by the National Institute for Clinical
Excellence (NICE) and the health departments of the devolved
administrations. The voluntary organisation, Epilepsy Bereaved
project managed the audit and published the full audit report which
is available on the internet at http://www.sudep.org
Find out more about
epilepsy, via visiting the National Society for Epilepsy