Latest minutes 12/02/20

NHS News

The Dept. of Health have backtracked on proposed new demands on GPs and made a deal with the BMA

Concern re NHS data sold to private companies can identify individual patients, despite anonymity guarantees.

Johnson indicating he wants to shift power over the NHS from Simon Stevens to Sec of State for Health.

Hunt is now chair of the all Party commission on Health and Social Care

A recent Guardian article highlights increasing health inequalities

The lack of appropriate educational and other support for people with autism has been in the headlines recently and instances of harmful institutional care continue to be an issue.

Ian Pattison ‘s conviction for unnecessary breast surgery highlights dangers of privatisation and lack of scrutiny.

Dangers of removal of skin lesions by beauticians has been highlighted – missing carcinomas etc. John pointed out this procedure was one of the 17 the NHS restricted over a year ago.

People going to Poland for dental care. Likely to see increase in shopping around the world for health and even social care !!

It would be good to renew links with the SENSE group who demonstrated in Leeds over a year ago.

John is writing to the Guardian ( letter printed 14.2 – see attached)

All the more reason to get on with shining a light on privatisation.

Feedback from recent events

Stall 2nd Feb

Leeds Health Scrutiny Board

We had 2 musicians – Rob and John so it was very merry ! Not massive response but some good chats and contacts made.

J and G attended yesterday. The Board discussed
centralising all maternity services at LGI Currently docs trying to cover LGI and St. James and poorly babies have to be shifted from St James to LGI for intensive care, sometimes without their mother so centralisation makes sense in light of new children’s hospital block being built at LGI,. There is a consultation ongoing. It is possible some ante natal clinics will continue to run at St James.
Spinal surgery was the other key topic. Spinal surgery in West Yorks now done in Leeds or occasionally by Leeds surgeons operating in other towns. It is routine for patients to have to wait a year for surgery
NB interesting comment from the Chief Exec of LTHT that they don’t talk about cost improvements any more as ‘waste reduction, more likely to engage staff !!

Winter Crisis Protest 15.2
Press release sent and The Yorkshire Evening Post are publishing an article, probably on Friday. We have a big banner, plenty of placards and will probably do a new song ie new words to old tune ! Weather forecast not great but we’ll go ahead as word has gone far and wide.

J and G wil get the kit there including a PA. Please encourage people to attend. If very wet will just do an hour.

W Yorks & H’gate Scrutiny Cttee 18.2
venue tbc
W Yorks & H’gate Joint Scrutiny Board meets next Tuesday 10.30 venue tbc
Has Learning Disability, assessment and treatment Units on the agenda

J &G attend find out what is happening , ask questions

Spotlight on privatisation probably May ?
D, J and G haven’t met yet but will aim to do so before our next meeting
D has been drumming up offers to perform a social/ fundraiser

Gilda has asked Café Economique at Seven Arts if they would be interested in hosting or co- hosting a public mtg

HCT Regional demo 27th June – thinking ahead.

Demo in the summer lose to the NHS birthday gives us opportunities to go for more flair and festive. Maybe think re involving children – fancy dress or at least hats ?
M has offered to do the postcard which is brill!

Please bring ideas to next meeting.

Other events

13.2 Youth climate strike

Sat 29.2 11am

21.3 Anti – Racism March London

28th March . Poss. regional honk at Huddersfield RI

Sat 2nd May Leeds TUC May Day March


Banners Held High Wakefield May 16th

Assembles 11am this Friday 14th outside the Town hall. March 12.30

KONP stall in town. We thought we should aim to do a stall once a month at a minimum

We have offered to host KONP’s national Steering Group meeting on Sat 9th May.

Please support KONP stall in town near Accessorize on Commercial St

Waiting confirmation from Mike Forster chair, Hands Off HRI

Take KONP banner and flags

G to sort venue

Aim to join up with other NHS Campaign Groups

Next Meeting : Wed 26th Feb 6.30 – 8pm in The Victoria Hotel , Great George St.,
directly behind Leeds Town Hall

Yorkshire Health Campaigns Together Network Meeting notes

1. Discussion re the new political landscape post election
John Puntis gave a short introduction based on these notes circulated beforehand :
NHS became a major issue (thanks to campaigners) in election – forced Johnson to make promises. Roy Lilley
came up with a list of these. They are already being broken! (
Queen’s speech enshrined promise of extra money in law – but this funding is inadequate. NHS Providers Chief
Exec Chris Hopson – if rate had gone up as before 2010, budget would now be £35m higher.
Government says giving “£34bn in cash terms” over 5 years – first year’s extra frontline £5.5bn and by 2023/24
extra £30.5bn – but NHS needs money now, and has lost out on underinvestment.
Note also that “£34bn in cash terms” if adjusted for inflation and cost pressures, the government’s own figures
show it will be worth only £20.5 bn in real terms.
Real budget for NHS in 2024 will be way below what is needed (increased population, more chronic illness, new
treatments) – Trusts now in debt of £14bn – BMA estimates £6.2bn short a year on top of existing deficits.
November 2019: 2.1 million A&E attendances – 5.2% increase from last year; 94.9% bed occupancy – waiting
list grown to 4.6 million – worst ever performance against 4 hour standard
Will continue to impact on mental health, GP and community services.
Social care – no solution; “cross party consensus”
6000 new GPs not included in legally binding proposals; promise of 5000 made in 2015 by Hunt and reiterated
5 times + overall reduction in 1000 WTE. 50k nurses (18k already working!)
Nursing bursary has not been restored – it is £5k annual maintenance grant – still have to pay £9k tuition fees
(nurse applications fell by 30% after abolition)
12.5% of NHA staff are foreign nationals; “new visa to ensure fast track entry” but massive fall in recruitment
from EU; £400 for visa plus £625/person immigration health charge annually
Scrap hospital car parking (less money for hospitals) – only “for those in greatest need” (abolished already in
Scotland and Wales)
“NHS Long term plan Bill” – no explanation how LTP can be implemented, but stripping away accountability
and bringing in Integrated Care Provider contracts with scope for major private involvement
“40 new hospitals” – only 6 will get beyond drawing board by 2024; 21 seed funding; 20 some money for
upgrades and maintenance, but 100 that have asked for capital project funds rejected
Nigel said that he thought that John Ashworth and Labour in general were very poor on the NHS during the
election. They focused on threats from America in the future which the Tories could dismiss and didn’t mention
WOS. The Tories pumped out a lot of lies. “We are in a context of misinformation “

Yorkshire Health Campaigns Together this Friday

Friday 17th 1.15 – 3.30 at Unison Regional office, Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds LS28NJ

There will be hot drinks and some sustenance available from 1pm.

Saturday 8th February 11-4 – next national meeting of Health Campaigns Together affiliates, Unite offices on Thoebalds Road in London

Saturday 4th April, also at Unite, annual AGM of HCT will be in the same venue on Sat 4th April.

The all year round winter crisis

Latest minutes: Konp_Leeds_mtg_8.1.20

Wed 29th Jan. is the next meeting of Leeds Keep our NHS Public
at 6.30pm in the Victoria Hotel on Great George St. immediately behind Leeds Town hall

Sat 1st Feb: We will be aiming to have a stall in the City centre 11- 12.15ish on Commercial St near Accessorize just along from Boots where we will be advertising a big protest on 15th Feb. All support very welcome

Sat 15th Feb: 12 – 1.30. We will be taking part in a national day of protest about the Crisis in our hospitals ( Not enough beds, staff or resources ! ) on the roundabout outside the main entrance to Jubilee Wing ( A&E) Leeds General Infirmary .

Please help to make this a big event which attracts media attention . Bring colleagues, friends and family and urge your trade union., Labour or Green Party Branch and others to join us with banners, placards etc. We hope to have some musicians as usual, flags, bunting etc.

Evening Post’s latest comments about the lack of capacity in Leeds Teaching Hospitals and elsewhere

We are working on confirming a date for our annual demonstration for the NHS

Join us out and about in the next 3 weeks

We are keen to do our bit to bring home to people what 10 years of Conservative Governments have done to the NHS and try to encourage people to think about the NHS when they vote.

Please join us if you can – and bring friends, relatives , colleagues et al

Next Sat 23rd 11am stall in Pudsey on the corner of Church Lane /Market St. near Greggs

Wed. 27th November. 7.30 Screening of “Under The Knife” at Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club15 Tofts Road, Pudsey, LS28 7SQ

Friday 29th Nov. 7.30pm Screening of Under the Knife at Guiseley Theatre, The Green, LS20 9BT

Sat 30th Nov 11am stall in Pudsey on the corner of Church Lane and Market St near Greggs

Wed 4th Nov 6.15pm at 11 Regina Drive, Leeds LS7 4LR : relaxed rehearsal with our accordionist for carols and singing on the street, oiled by mulled wine etc then 7.15 ish election chat and any urgent planning

Thursday 5th Dec 5. 30 – 6. 30ish starting Dortmund Square; carols and songs, lantern performance then parade down Briggate for a second “set” ! Please wear vaguely olden days/ pre war garb (makeshift options include waistcoats, caps, long skirts, shawls )

Sat 7th 11am stall in Commercial St., Leeds City Centre nr Accessorize close to Boots.. Stop privatisation and keep the NHS out of Trade deals with the US. We will have some music and be ready to throw in some songs if we can get enough people so if you can bring that pre war gear all the better.

Monday 9th ( doors at 7pm ) we have just confirmed another screening of “Under The Knife “ at Brudenell Centre.


Join us to fight for our NHS on Wednesday and the rest of November

Meeting this Wednesday 13th, 6.30pm Victoria Hotel behind the Town Hall, Leeds

Potential stall dates:

  • Saturday 16th 11am Sainsbury’s in Headingley
  • Saturday 23rd and Sat 30th 11am Pudsey, probably main street near the market
  • Saturday Dec 7th – probably Commercial St in the City Centre.
  • Wednesday Dec 11th 5-6.30 carols and other songs starting in Dortmund Sq then maybe parading with lanterns to Briggate

Other ways to help:

  • Social media
  • Eventbrite organising for films
  • Deliver/distribute election campaign postcards and/or Health Campaigns Together newspapers