Ladies Camera Club

12 Aug 2008

For the compassion of the Armed Forces

I am ex forces - I served 9 years.
My bro and sis are still serving (between them its nigh on 39 years).
My husband served 22 years in the British Army (he served in 1st Gulf war)
My cousin is still serving (he served in 1st gulf war too)
Mum and Dad are ex forces which totals up to almost 100 years.
Plus my grandfathers are ex-forces too.

I have a little plea to anyone who cares to help sign a petition to help keep the Royal Military Hospital at Haslar open. There is only ONE MAJOR forces hospital open in the whole of the UK. That means if any of our servicemen in Afghanistan or Iraq return to the UK with an injury, they have to go into a NHS Hospital. Somewhere alien to their needs and no camaraderie. And this is the message I got from my mum today. She was once treated in this hospital when she was a WREN.

PLEASE PLEASE HELP xx

RMH Haslar is set to close, but is still operational and could be made into a great home for our injured service personnel.
Some background:
'2 Para' alone have on their current tour sent back over 50 casualties to the UK, and even that many cannot be accommodated at Selly Oak Hospital. So when all of the casualties from other battle groups are added to this figure, how is ONE ward in ONE NHS hospital going to cope?
It cannot.
And as a result the individual troops are sent home to recover relying on NHS visiting services which themselves are over committed.
We need a dedicated military hospital if servicemen and servicewomen, who have been committed to hostilities and injured, are to get the medical care they rightly deserve.

A lot more than 5000 names are needed for this petition to survive, and quite cynically, Downing Street has put a time limit of one month - during the summer holidays - for this to be achieved. Please support it - please copy the link below to confirm your signature on the petition.

Please forward this email to as many people as you can.
Thanks.
Go to http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Wounded/ - it takes 1 minute to fill the form

The petition was created by Denzil Connick and reads: 'We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Create a dedicated Military & Veterans Hospital within the UK.'

If you sign it, could you let me know in the comments box here please? That way I can come and thank you on behalf of my ex-comrades and friends and thousands of other soldiers who will be relieved that you did.

**note: the signatures have flown up to almost 94,000 but please sign anyway :)**

64 comments:

Katy said...

ive signed it :D i will spread the word also. xx

kath said...

I have signed - we should be doing more for these brave men and women.
Kath
xxxxx

Jo said...

I've done it.. put it on my blog too..

Also, there is a website that iscalled Support our Soldiers, where we are collecting parcels to send off to the soldiers for Christmas, being collected from Mid September.

We also collect up get well cards to send off to the hospitals over in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If anyone wants to help with this appeal also,it is much appreciated.

Thanks..
Jo

Angela said...

I've signed it too and thanks for bringing it to our attention.

I'm ex RAF and so is my husband, I have a daughter in the RAF and a son in the army so this is especially important to me.

I'll be following the progress and passing it on.

PhotoJenique said...

I've signed it and will pass on to my family. My brother served in the Royal Navy for 25 years, and was lucky enough to avoid armed combat, but many of his friends weren't so lucky (I remember the Falklands very very well...). Thanks for letting us know. In France they have several military hospitals, and I think we should have some too. Take care xx

Katy said...

I've signed..

Kx

Kirsty Wiseman said...

Thanks jo - that was mighty kind of you xx

Dawny P said...

HI Kirsty. Couldn't agree more. My cuz served in the Navy and my Dad was ex RAF. Will put somethin on the old blogster soon as soon can be xxx

Eleanor said...

Tis done darlin
E
xx

Lisa said...

As the spouse of a serving Sailor I've signed the petition!

Christine (the artist formerly known as Heather) said...

I was raised in a military family.. both parents RAF... so no hesitation. Have signed the petition, and will put it on my blog.

Chris xx

Rach said...

I've signed it tooooo :D

x

Terrie B x said...

You have our signitures Kirsty:)
Will spread the word.....
Have a great Day sweetness :)x

Jackie said...

I was brought up as an Army brat so glad you publicised this so I could sign the petition. Will spread the word as far as I can.

Jo said...

Just signed it. Will post the link on my blog to.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention - its so important.

Jo xx

Lynn said...

I've signed it too. Thanks for letting us know about this.

Jakcie said...

As a nurse I feel that it is extremely important for all our heros to be treated in a forces hospital. Their mental health is usually half the battle in winning thw war against physical injuries and being together with others that understand their plight will help immensly. I have signed and am telling every one I know to sign also. PS fab blog that I look (lurk) at every day.

PPS i am a regular blood donar and the blood register rang me last night to make sure I give at my next appointment. i persume this means they are short on supply, could you give a call out to every one to make an effort to donate??

Clare said...

Just gone and signed it and have emailed everyone I know with the link.
As a child of parents who were both in the Armed Forces I had no hesitation at all.
Thanks for posting the link Kirsty xx

Darcy said...

I've signed.x

Looby said...

Have just signed -and happy to do so - my Grandad served in the Royal Navy and my Uncle in the Royal Engineers - about time we took better care of the men and women willing to risk their lives for the rest of us
Lou x

voodoo vixen said...

Have signed it Kirsty, hope the petition works!

Anonymous said...

Done!
Karen Rel

manicstamper said...

I have gladly signed Kirsty.

Heather said...

Signed it

Jenni Hamilton said...

Have added my name for the cause. Although I have nothing to do with the Armed Forces I have often felt ashamed of the way wounded soldiers etc have been dealt with on their return to the UK.

angie's blogspot said...

I've signed, for God sake these men and women deserve the best and shouldn't be denied the best!

Juliet said...

Well over 95,000 now Kirsty, including me! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. xx

Sue Nicholson said...

Hi Kirsty, off to sign it now.

My Dad was in the Army BUT my parents separated before I could go to boarding school. For a long while I couldn't forgive them as I felt they had deprived me of Enid Blyton style mysteries and midnight feasts!

Sue :-)

Treacle said...

I've signed it to

xXx

Maria said...

Have signed :-)

Stephanie Parsloe said...

No forces people in my family since my great grandparents, but these guys and gals do a damn fantastic job for us all and deserve a hell of a lot better than the crappy NHS!

It's over 96,500 now, so good going, I hope you get there!

Steph x

est26 said...

Have signed it too and will add it to my blog xxx

kath said...

Hi Kirsty
I hope you don't mind but I have copied your post onto my blog and also the Daily Express have started a campaign.
Kath
xxxxx

Jozza said...

I've signed it with pleasure. My Dad was in the navy and my brother has been in the army for 20+ years. We should be doing as much as we can for all these brave men and women.

xxx

Eralc said...

I've signed it too and will pass the email around

I live near Haslar and have family and friendswho have received excellent treatment there. THere is a lot of support for keeping Haslar open in this area

germgirl said...

I've singed it Kirsty, I'll also forward it to my friends.

Gilly said...

I have signed it Kirsty and will pass it on.

Zoe said...

I've signed - hubby is ex-army and served in 1st Gulf war, still works for MOD.

Do you mind if I copy and paste the message explaining it so I can send round to all I know?

Big army/ ex army population here in Brecon.

xx

Sharon Speakman said...

Hi Kirsty, I have signed also. As an auntie to a wonderful nephew who is entering the Armed Forces and has his passing out parade on Thursday, I am only too willing to help. God bless all the service men and women x x x

Lynda said...

i have signed.

xx

Deanne said...

I've signed honey, I use to be in the ATC and I married into the RAF, I am a lover of the RAF right to the core of my heart! x

Deanne said...

ps - it will be on my blog later and i'll email to peeps too x

Anonymous said...

signed! Scrappy Nina

Lydia said...

I've signed it x

My BIL returned from Afghanistan 2 days ago...thankfully safe and well xx

Rach said...

I'm on my way over to sign it now. x

Lynz said...

I have signed (my Spouse is an ex-army GW1 vet, too)and I'm going to donate blood for the first time on Tuesday!!

Unfading Spring said...

I've signed it too. also passed it on. found you though that marvelous lady kath.
Carolxx

Debbie S said...

I'm an army brat too, and although thankfully we never had to use the military hospitals as a result of conflict, the BMH in Berlin saved my life as a 10 yr old, and my dad's through illness in Aldershot.

I've signed, and wish we could do more for our Armed Forces by way of support.

Sarah said...

I've signed it Kirsty, thanks for the link.
My hubby is a serving airman, and during his training he was sent to an RAF hospital in Ely to receive treatment for a very serious knee injury. His operation was successful, and without the treatment he received from them and the forces rehabilitation service he wouldn't have been able to carry on with his chosen career.
Also, my little boy was born at the Royal Naval Hospital in Gibraltar, so I have alot to thank the medics for - so it is the least I can do to sign this petition xx

sewsimple said...

Hi Kirsty,
It is over 98,000 now have signed it myself and my husband

Marie

Victoria said...

I wanted to sign but I live in the states. Please keep us informed as to what occurs in this situation. In the meantime, I will keep those affected by this problem in my prayers.

Victoria

Anna said...

signed here too Kirsty
x Anna

Anonymous said...

Hi Kirsty Just signed keep up the good work
Elaine x

HAL9000 said...

Kirsty,
My wife Cath (cathincyprus) alerted me to your post about the RMH Haslar. I write a weekly column in an English-language newspaper here in North Cyprus
, and I'll be featuring the petition next week.
As someone who spent 24 years in the RAF I watched with despair as the Forces hospitals were closed; Ely, Halton, Nocton Hall and Wroughton were all essential parts of the healing process for wounded service personnel. The bean-counters in the NHS don't seem to realise that wounded service personnel have different needs from civilians that require separate treatment.
In the USA veterans have many privileges, from health care and education to discount at department stores; do we think less of our ex-sevicemen than our American cousins?

HAL9000 said...

Kirsty,
My wife Cath (cathincyprus) alerted me to your post about the RMH Haslar. I write a weekly column in an English-language newspaper here in North Cyprus
, and I'll be featuring the petition next week.
As someone who spent 24 years in the RAF I watched with despair as the Forces hospitals were closed; Ely, Halton, Nocton Hall and Wroughton were all essential parts of the healing process for wounded service personnel. The bean-counters in the NHS don't seem to realise that wounded service personnel have different needs from civilians that require separate treatment.
In the USA veterans have many privileges, from health care and education to discount at department stores; do we think less of our ex-sevicemen than our American cousins?

HAL9000 said...

You might like to read the British Medical Journal's view on this closure at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0999/is_7192_318/ai_54796017

Chris T said...

I've signed & hope it's successful- will pass the word around too

Rachel said...

I signed - the power of Kirsty's blog - 94K WOW

Rachel

Miss Magic said...

All done hun!
Sharon x

Lorraine Robertson said...

Petition very happily signed as my late brother was ex-RAF. I also have a friend shot numerous times in Gulf War, horrendous scars from head to waist now but the scars he has mentally are a whole lot worse... NHS hospitals are not equipped to deal with the psychological effects of war perhaps Downing St should realise there are worse injuries can be caused to a human being than that of a bullet wound...
Thank you so much for alerting everyone to this & I hope that we can all help to make a difference & fight for the rights of our troops...

Lorraine xxx

Marie said...

I'm a little late getting to this, but definitely signed! My DH served in the Royal Navy and my MIL was in the Signals, my nephew is due to start his basic training in the Autumn, so it's something close to our hearts too.

xMx

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