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2016 September

29 Sep


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Bank of England Schools Competition

September 29, 2016 | By | No Comments

The Bank of England is looking for secondary schools from Poplar & Limehouse to take part in a new digital media competition about the role of the Bank called Bank, Camera, Action! School children aged 11-16 are invited to submit a short film, this year’s title is ‘A day in the life of the New Fiver’. Schools must register for the competition by 10th October 2016 and the closing date for film entries is 12th December 2016. You can find full details here.

28 Sep


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Fitz Weekly- 28 September

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

Click here to check out the new edition of Fitz Weekly- the best way for constituents in Poplar & Limehouse to keep up to date.

28 Sep


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Jim Fitzpatrick MP meets survivors of the Holocaust at launch of resources for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP listened to John Hajdu who survived the Holocaust in Hungary; and met Zigi Shipper, a Holocaust survivor; at the launch event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated each year on 27th January – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death and concentration camp. HMD provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. HMD asks people to apply these lessons to the present day to create a safer, better future.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) promotes and supports HMD activities in the UK. Each year HMDT selects a theme around which HMD activities can focus. The theme for 2017 is, ‘How can life go on?’

John spoke about his experience of being forced to live in a Budapest ghetto at the age of seven but managing to survive, only to escape the subsequent Communist regime in Hungary in 1956. John recalled his long journey as a refugee with his mother which saw them settle in Great Britain – a distant country where neither spoke English. With determination, John made the country home and whilst sharing his experiences, he encouraged MPs and invited guests to mark the theme of HMD 2017: How can life go on?

Jim said:

“John and Zigi’s stories are a reminder of the importance of marking Holocaust Memorial Day – a day where we remember the millions who were affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. I want to encourage people in Poplar and Limehouse to mark HMD on 27th January 2017.”

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said:

“We were delighted that Jim showed his support for Holocaust Memorial Day. We hope that many more people in Poplar and Limehouse will use the free resources available through our website to organise activities for next year’s HMD – adding to the record 5,590 activities which took place for HMD 2016.”

28 Sep


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Jim Fitzpatrick MP shows support for National Air Ambulance Week

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

NAAW ran from 19th to 25th September- an initiative created by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) and celebrates the work of local air ambulance charities, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to promote the work they do at a local level. Together, the UK’s air ambulance charities raise £120 million a year, operate 37 helicopters, have a volunteer network of over 2,500 people and are one of the most exciting and innovative group of organisations in the UK.

London’s Air Ambulance treats on average five critically injured people in London each day, performing medical interventions at the roadside which are normally only found in a hospital emergency department. Barts Health NHS Trust provide the doctors and some financial support and the London Ambulance Service provides the paramedics and the emergency infrastructure to dispatch the service. The charity relies heavily on voluntary donations and has a world class reputation for delivering clinical innovation and excellence at the roadside. Since its inception 28 years ago, London’s Air Ambulance has treated over 35,000 patients.

The MP for Poplar & Limehouse said:

“I am proud to support London’s Air Ambulance. They provide a unique service to London by bringing the hospital to the patient.  In the first 6 months of the year alone 39 people in Tower Hamlets have already been treated by London’s Air Ambulance.”

Charles Newitt, Interim CEO of London’s Air Ambulance, said:

“National Air Ambulance Week is the ideal time to release our new infographic with data from the first 6 months of this year. It serves to highlight the work that we do, all across London, all day, and all year. We want everyone in London to know that we are there for them, should they need our help and that as a charity we can’t operate without the donations of those that live and work in London.

“National Air Ambulance Week is a week when air ambulance charities across the UK rally together to raise awareness and funds in their local communities. I am urging people to get involved during National Air Ambulance Week in any way you can to support us. Your support is vital in saving lives.”

28 Sep


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Jim Fitzpatrick MP backs calls for better care of heart failure patients living in Poplar & Limehouse

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

New report reveals shortfall in care for heart failure patients and makes recommendations to transform lives and save NHS millions.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP attended an event in Westminster to show his support for the launch of a report which makes recommendations to improve the treatment and care of heart failure patients. This follows an inquiry prompted by Westminster’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heart Disease.

The inquiry received evidence from patients, health care professionals, and commissioners to identify ways to improve the outcomes and experiences for people with heart failure, their families and carers.

Heart Failure is a debilitating, distressing and life-limiting condition, which when untreated, has worse survival rates than some cancers. 564 heart failure patients are living in Poplar and Limehouse however there are likely to be many more undiagnosed cases. An ageing population and improved survival from heart attacks, mean that the prevalence of those living with heart failure is on the rise.

It is also an increasingly costly problem for the NHS, accounting for 2 per cent of the total NHS budget and one million patient bed days each year.

Ten recommendations were put forward in the report, including the availability of a simple blood test, costing under £28, to all hospitals and GPs in England to speed up diagnosis. Implementing the test in primary care in line with NICE guidelines could save the health service a predicted £3.8 million each year.

Calls were also made for all patients to receive specialist input to their care, as this means they are more likely to receive the right treatment and care, and is crucial in improving their outcomes and quality of life. The report also recommends better monitoring of the workforce who deals with heart failure patients to ensure that there is sufficient resource to meet demands.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar & Limehouse said:

“Heart failure can have a substantial impact on the quality of life of patients, and their families and carers – both physically and emotionally. However, we know that with the right treatment and care their outcomes and experience can be significantly improved.

“I am keen to see the recommendations in this report implemented as soon as possible to ensure that heart failure patients in [insert area] are receiving the best possible care.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said:

“Heart failure is a devastating condition which leaves sufferers constantly short of breath – unable to continue to do the work and activities they once enjoyed.

“Our research has helped to drastically improve heart attack survival rates, meaning 70% of people now survive. However many are left with irreversibly damaged hearts meaning a life sentence of living with debilitating heart failure.

“We urgently need to fund more research into heart failure to find new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat this cruel condition. But we must also improve quality of life for those currently suffering with this condition and we are keen to work with the Government and NHS to achieve this.”

To find out more about the report and its recommendations visit: www.bhf.org.uk/heartfailurereport

28 Sep


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Jim Fitzpatrick MP pledges support for ‘ground-breaking’ new asthma research roadmap

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar & Limehouse, has pledged his support for a ground-breaking asthma research roadmap which sets out priorities to revolutionise diagnosis, treatment and care for the millions of people living with the condition.

There are 13,430 people with asthma in Mr Fitzpatrick’s local health area, with 1 in 11 people living with the condition across the UK, yet asthma is still a relative mystery. Until now medical research into asthma diagnoses, treatment and care has been piecemeal and lacked strategic direction, and so Asthma UK has led a three-year collaboration of international clinical, academic, industry and patient experts to identify the most important unanswered questions in asthma and to ensure research investment is targeted in the most effective way.

Asthma UK launched the new asthma research roadmap at a parliamentary reception held at the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress on 5th September. This outlines 15 key areas for future asthma research, to focus investment on the most promising treatments, medical-technology devices, self-management tools and healthcare systems to address the currently unmet needs of people with asthma.

Welcoming the roadmap as a ‘once in a generation opportunity’ to improve the lives of people with asthma Jim Fitzpatrick MP said:

“I wholeheartedly welcome this new asthma research roadmap as I believe it holds the potential to radically improve care and ultimately cure asthma for people in Poplar & Limehouse, and others, living with asthma. Drawing on the knowledge of many experts including globally renowned UK scientists, it marks a real step change in the drive to stop asthma attacks.”

Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK, said:

“We are delighted that Jim Fitzpatrick MP recognises the huge potential the new roadmap holds to target investment into research that could truly revolutionise diagnosis, treatment and care for people with asthma.

“Every 10 seconds someone has a potentially fatal asthma attack and we still don’t know enough about the different ‘types’ of asthma which is essential if we are to find a cure. For too long asthma research has lacked the focus and investment it so desperately needs, and we see the asthma research roadmap as the catalyst for attracting the investment needed to make medical breakthroughs that will transform the lives of people with asthma.”

The roadmap’s research priorities can be distilled into two key areas:

  • Understanding the ‘types of asthma’: new mechanisms, biomarkers, diagnostics.
  • Technology-enabled asthma management.

The asthma research roadmap can be read in full here: www.asthma.org.uk/research/future/earip/asthma-research-roadmap

28 Sep


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Don’t Stop at 999: Jim Fitzpatrick MP attends British Red Cross parliamentary event to help people save lives

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

MPs from across the UK attended a British Red Cross event in Westminster on Tuesday 6th September 2016.

New research reveals up to 59% of deaths from injury could potentially be prevented if public knew first aid: people call 999 then do nothing. The British Red Cross is calling for more opportunities for people to learn first aid throughout their lives.

Up to 59% of ‘pre-hospital’ deaths from injury could potentially be prevented if more people stepped in with some simple first aid, according to new research commissioned by the British Red Cross and conducted by the University of Manchester. The research was launched in Westminster on Tuesday 6th September and attended by Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar & Limehouse.

Whilst 93% will call for an ambulance if they find someone with an injury, first aid intervention of any kind was infrequent. Around half did not attempt any first aid while waiting for the emergency medical services to arrive. Mr Fitzpatrick learnt two simple first aid skills and pledged support for others to also have the opportunity to gain the confidence and learn the skills that could save a life.

The research, which has studied data from coroners’ offices, was last carried out 22 years ago by Prof Anthony Redmond, who also led the new research which was conducted by Dr Govind Oliver from the University of Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute.

Mr Fitzpatrick commented:

“These shocking figures show exactly why more training must be delivered. Those who call 999 should have the confidence to administer basic first aid during the time it takes for the emergency services to arrive. So much is at stake in the immediate moments after an incident and I fully support The British Cross’ efforts in this initiative.”

Joe Mulligan, British Red Cross head of first aid education said:

“The good news is that most people are calling 999. But after calling 999 we want people to then do something in those crucial minutes before the ambulance arrives, every person needs to recognise that in an emergency, you are part of the ‘chain of survival.”

The British Red Cross is calling for everyone in the UK to learn two basic first aid skills that could help to prevent the number of people who die from injuries, such as those resulting from falls or road traffic accidents, before reaching hospital.

“Sadly in the majority of deaths we looked at, the simplest interventions could have helped keep someone alive until they got to hospital. For example something as simple as turning someone on their side and tilting their head back to keep their airway open – could be all it takes to make that difference between life and death in certain situations.”

The charity is calling for more opportunities to learn first aid throughout one’s lifetime, starting at school, but also through the driving test and public health initiatives.

The latest research follows the British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and British Heart Foundation ‘Every Child a Lifesaver’ campaign last year in support of Teresa Pearce MP’s Private Members’ Bill to make first aid mandatory in all state-funded secondary schools in England. Despite widespread support the Bill was ‘talked out’ and did not progress past its second reading.

Find the report and more about the British Red Cross campaign online at: redcross.org.uk/dontstopat999

Show your support on social media using the campaign hashtag #DontStopAt999

28 Sep


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MPs stand out in pink for families affected by breast cancer

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP wears it pink in Parliament in aid of Breast Cancer Now.

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar & Limehouse, has shown support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging their constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 21st October.

wear it pink is back for its 15th year, calling on supporters across the country to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.

Jim joined fellow parliamentarians in wearing it pink in Westminster this week to encourage people across the UK to get involved and help Breast Cancer Now towards their ambition that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live.

wear it pink raises close to £2 million each year for world-class research into breast cancer, and this year it’s going to be pinker and more fun than ever before. Anyone can take part, whether at work, at home or at school. All you have to do is wear something pink and donate what you can.

When you join the hundreds of thousands of people who take part in wear it pink, you become part of a collective force of scientists, supporters and people affected by breast cancer, passionate about putting an end to deaths from the disease.

The Poplar & Limehouse MP also continues to demonstrate support for women and men living with breast cancer by being one of 211 Breast Cancer Ambassadors across the country, urging fellow politicians and constituents that immediate action must be taken to stop the disease taking lives.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP said:

“50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, and sadly around 11,500 women and 80 men will lose their lives to the disease. Together, we must put a stop to this.

“Through cutting-edge research, Breast Cancer Now are tackling the disease from all angles to ensure that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live. But we all need to join forces and act now, and in wear it pink there is a fun and simple way for everyone to get involved.

“As a Breast Cancer Ambassador I am particularly passionate about standing up for the women and families affected by the disease in Poplar & Limehouse and I am very proud to take part in wear it pink. I hope everyone in the local community will join me by wearing it pink on Friday 21st October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.”

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said:

“It’s wonderful to see so much parliamentary support for wear it pink. It’s a great opportunity for friends, co-workers and families across the UK to have some fun, wear something pink and show their support for those affected by breast cancer.

“Far too many women are still losing their lives to this dreadful disease. On Friday 21st October, every cake baked, every feather boa or pink tie worn and every laugh shared will help us create a future where no one dies from breast cancer.

“We will all be standing together, with colleagues and friends, to stop breast cancer taking the lives of the people we love – and we very much hope you’ll join us.”

Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 21st October to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. For more information or to register, visit www.wearitpink.org

28 Sep


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Jim Fitzpatrick MP pledges his support for Gas Safety Week

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

The Poplar & Limehouse MP has pledged his support for Gas Safety Week from 19th to 25th September, to raise awareness of gas safety issues in his constituency.

This sixth annual campaign, coordinated by the Gas Safe Register, see organisations across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. The campaign aims to remind the public to have their gas appliances checked, as we head into winter and begin to switch our heating on.

There are around 40 confirmed deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning in England and Wales every year and inspections conducted by the Gas Safe Register last year revealed that 1 in 5 homes in the East of England contained an unsafe gas appliance. At a recent All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group event Dr Andy Shaw presented new research which showed that while 78% of homes have smoke alarms shockingly only 9% have CO alarms and those in private rented properties are at a greater risk of CO poisoning.

In the report Carbon Monoxide: From Awareness to Action (2015), it was identified by the APPG that, “the risk of CO being produced at levels dangerous to humans is relatively low,” when appliances are serviced regularly by a, “competent person.” With 20 deaths and 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years, it’s vital that people make sure their gas appliances are safety checked every year by a registered engineer. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being Gas Safe registered, is working illegally.

Jim Fitzpatrick said:

“The objective of Gas Safety Week is to remind people to carry out safety checks annually on all their gas appliances and to look out for vulnerable friends, family and neighbours. In my constituency, on the Isle of Dogs, recently over 100 appliances were found to be faulty. As we head into winter, this is the time to check.”

Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said:

“We know from our own investigations that one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents. It’s great to have the support of Jim Fitzpatrick for Gas Safety Week 2016 so that we can work together to raise public awareness of gas safety and reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers.”

Follow these three simple top tips to stay gas safe:

  • Get all of your gas appliances safety checked once a year by a registered engineer and sign up to a free reminder service at www.StayGasSafe.co.uk
  • Make sure your engineer is legal and safe, by making sure they are registered with Gas Safe Register, the UK’s official gas authority. You can check by calling 0800 408 5500 or visiting www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
  • Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue one, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

28 Sep


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Poplar & Limehouse MP backs new campaign targeting the cruel UK puppy trade

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP has lent his support to a new public awareness campaign launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to target the growing problem of the illicit and cruel UK puppy trade.

The puppy industry is booming, but with many UK breeders and puppy smugglers across Europe producing puppies solely for profit, all too often these animals suffer serious illness or behavioural problems later in life. Others, sadly, do not survive.

IFAW has devised a useful guide, P.U.P.S, for anyone looking to buy a puppy, to ensure they know what to look for to avoid buying an unhealthy, possibly puppy farmed animal.

Jim Fitzpatrick said:

“I am very pleased to support this important IFAW campaign to help make people aware of the potential pitfalls before buying a puppy which may have been farmed in squalid conditions and taken from its mother too soon, before it is eight weeks of age.

“It is terrible to think of these puppies being transported a great distance by dealers with little or no thought for their health or welfare. The mothers suffer greatly too, being made to produce litter after litter of puppies until they have outlived their usefulness. I encourage everyone to remember P.U.P.S.”

Parent – Is the puppy with its mum?

Underage – Has the puppy reached the legal age for sale?

Papers – Are all of the puppy’s papers available and in order?

Sickness – Is the puppy healthy and energetic?

Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said:

“We are very grateful for Jim Fitzpatrick’s support for our campaign. As a nation of dog lovers, none of us wants to be part of the cruel puppy industry. I am sure people will be shocked to find out that many much-loved pet dogs in the UK have suffered a horrible start in life with ill effects that may last through their lifetime.

“In the worst scenarios, owners suffer too when their much-loved puppy quickly gets sick and dies. This is the reality of the heartless UK puppy trade. IFAW always advocates adopting a happy and healthy puppy or dog in need of a home from your local shelter. But for those who wish to buy from a breeder, we believe our P.U.P.S campaign arms people with the information they need to make the right choice.”

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