RE: Response from Jackie Doyle-Price MP - p.6

[Updated on 14th July 2018]

Jackie Doyle-Price MP to Sophia Davenport (EAPA initiative):

Legislation to enshrine the use of animals as therapy would be disproportionate, in regards to a relatively small area of health provision.

Sophia Davenport (EAPA initiative) to Jackie Doyle-Price MP:

I read it that John Chadwick’s life, who killed himself days after being forced to give up his dogs and cat when the council found him a flat, is considered by Jackie Doyle-Price MP as not worth much, since a simple inversion of the “start point” (licence to allow Landlords to impose restrictions in terms of pets) would have saved his life.

Can Jackie Doyle-Price MP tell me why exactly any of the properties that John Chadwick was able to occupy were not suitable for pets? Or is it too much hassle and a “disproportionate” effort on her side? If not, please can Jackie Doyle-Price MP actually investigate her theories before more lives are lost and more people are destroyed, for her to protect Landlords.

Mental health problems constitute the largest single source of World economic burden, with an estimated global cost of £1.6 trillion - greater than cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and diabetes on their own. In the UK, the estimated costs of mental health problems are £70-100 billion each year and account for 4.5% of GDP – according to data published by the Mental Health Foundation.

Also, according to the Mental Health Foundation research, major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease.

It is known that more than 55,000 suicides occur in the European Union each year, including more than 6,000 in the UK and Ireland. The highest rates of suicide were associated with depressive disorders. One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. 

No minuscule progress in terms of waiting times that Jackie Doyle-Price MP included in her response to my concerns, can serve as a basis to reject an opportunity to save more lives with almost no cost.

Not supporting the EAPA initiative means not only not responding to the opportunity to save lives and prevent tragedies, but it is actually promoting a status quo that causes people tragedies and in fact it triggers suicides as it leaves vulnerable people exposed to an impossible choice to become homeless or give up on their family and their purpose to be alive. It is sending a message to our nation and teaches our children that it is ok to consider other living creatures as a burden and disregard compassion over business profitability.

Jackie Doyle-Price MP says, “the Government would not seek to intervene in commercial decisions”, regardless of the social justice and regardless of human life and human tragedies. If all governments assume such an attitude, there would be no NHS, children would work in coal mines from the age of 10 and slavery would still be acceptable.

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