KONP have issued a press release opposing the proposed Royal Commission which looks set to discuss charging. G has signed a petition in Leeds KONP’s name calling on the LP not to get involved. No info from negotiations. Doctors continue to plan for withdrawal of all junior doc cover on Wed. 10.2
Consultation ends at the end of Feb. GPs also at end of their tether, concerned re sustainability of general practice and exploring whether they too can take industrial action.
If action goes ahead please support/ visit picket lines at hospitals 8am onwards
NHS Flashmob choir – great practice on 22nd. Hoping we can get everyone singing to round off future events and rallies.
Yorkshire March for NHS 16th April – coincides with official People’s Assembly National March. Regional Meeting agreed that we should stick with the date agreed despite clash with People’s Assembly march in London on same day. Agreed to call it Yorkshire March for the NHS. Prof Ray Tallis has agreed to speak.
Huddersfield / Calderdale A&E
Huddersfield A& E earmarked for closure. Halifax Royal to retain an A and E but lower grade. Here is latest on what’s happening in Calderdale and Huddersfield
What’s happening in Huddersfield and Halifax mirrors what has been happening in Dewsbury where the local hospital’s A &E is being replaced with a minor injuries unit and a midwife led maternity unit is to replace the consultant led unit with anything complicated being referred to Pinderfields, which is already feeling the pressure and diverting patients elsewhere.
NHS Reinstatement Bill
The private members Bill is due to get a second Hearing in Parliament on March 11th ( we hope!) with Caroline Lucas presenting. There will be a lobby/ demo outside Parliament that day and callout for support action round the country. Agreed we need to pursue labour support as Corbyn and McDonnell have supported the Bill but not much coming from them re the NHS of late and Heidi Alexander who recently met with NHS activists.
NEXT LEEDS KEEP OUR NHS PUBLIC MEETINGS : Wed Feb 10 and Wed Feb 24 6.30-8pm
in O’Neill’s pub ( side room on left) , Great George St. opposite the rear of the Town Hall.