sign this urgent petition against the transfer of Facilities staff and estate out of Leeds Teaching Hospital

Please sign this urgent petition against the transfer of Facilities staff and estate out of  Leeds Teaching Hospital into a separate company set up by the hospital.

This is a serious step in breaking up the NHS and making services and estates ripe for  privatisation. It’s also appallingly unfair to staff, sows strife, will have a knock on effect on the whole of LTHT and could turn out to be a very costly bit of tax evasion.

LTHT Facilities transfer to a WOC Unison petition 15.3.18

Airedale and Harrogate Hospitals have gone down this route within the last few weeks but we are hopeful of a fight back at Harrogate where staff are being balloted about taking industrial action. Leeds are moving very rapidly from informal consultation to formal consultations with staff and unions and there could be a decision taken at the LTHT Board Meeting on 29th March so we must act fast. Please sign and share  the on line petition set up by Unison,  as widely as possible, download the attached paper petition and take it to work, social events , meetings etc.

Any completed paper petitions can be returned directly  to the UNISON Branch Office at St James Hospital (Level 1. Room 039/040. Beckett Wing St James’s Hospital Leeds, LS9 7TF or left for  Michael Parkinson at the UNISON Regional Office, Commerce House


Leeds NHS and KONP updates

Leeds CC have written to West Yorks STP indicating that they are not in a position to sign up to an expression of interest in a memorandum of understanding for West Yorks STP. It was also said that Leeds Plan is being developed bottom up and is not just imposing a national or regional model; it may not be right yet but will be tested as they go along. Sometimes NHS national “ interference” not helpful. They think it is important that there is a “provider” space coming together and see integration as part of a long term programme. Standing by for a position statement / red lines soon.

Leeds KONP joined workshop looking at the plans for LGI rebuild. This being seen as central to development of a new “ innovation” district around the LGI, the 2 Universities and Civic Hall. There are aiming to build a tower on the site of the old nurses home in the middle of LGI to consolidate adult outpatients, day surgery plus additional critical care. Adult services to transfer out of Cndon to consolidate the Children’s Hospital. Maternity likely to remain split tween St James and LGI sites but might go for one consultant led and one midwife led. Gilbert Scott and Brotherton building to be retained ( or at least the shells) but looks like much of these will be sold off for development of retail, restaurant, open space etc on 4/5 years timescale. Was given no reassurances re PFI / sell offs , use of income  – different procurement options to be considered.

Kirklees going in same direction as Leeds as their Scrutiny Board has just scrutinized proposals for a Kirklees Integrated Care System. There is a big gap between LP policy made at Conference and what is happening on the ground in local Councils. Calderdale LP have passed a detailed resolution to pressure the councilors and Calderdale & Kirklees 999 Call for NHS took one to Dewsbury CLP.

Further details in the minutes:

2018 – We are asking Leeds Council

We recently held discussions with councillors and the LA re the Leeds Health and Care Plan and West Yorks and Harrogate STP.

We had a response to a letter to the Pudsey councillors re the Outer West Community Committee. We had a meeting to share concerns with Rebecca Charlwood, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing  Board, Helen Haydon, Head of adults and Health Scrutiny Board, Paul Bollom and Tony Cooke from the LA who are responsible for System Integration and presented our list of Health & Social Care plan ASKS:

1. Insist on figures and evidence – where are the “savings” coming from , what is going to go and with what impact on whom.

2. With the public – TELL NOT SELL and be pro-active.

3. Don’t agree to Sustainability and Transformation Plans that involve cuts and closures of services in other areas. Leeds shouldn’t collude in plans for downgrading or closing services elsewhere, comfortable in the knowledge that Leeds may well profit from others’ loss.  

We should insist changes are clinically not financially driven, based on sound evidence and subject to proper consultation with the affected populations.

4. Resist the setting up of Accountable Care Systems/Organisations, which have no legal status, no proper governance, no mandate from the public or Parliament and carry major risks of fragmenting health care and eroding the NHS. There is plenty of scope for developing more  seamless and integrated care, better prevention of illness, promotion of wellbeing etc without ACOs

5. Don’t give contracts to private firms and don’t set up Special Purpose Vehicles or pursue other “in house” outsourcing as is happening throughout Yorkshire with Facilities and other non- clinical, hospital staff.

Privatisation of health and social care is wrong, unnecessary, wasteful and creates massive instability. (just look at Wakefield’s Academies!)

6. Be very wary of Naylor report/ Phoenix project plans to sell off NHS estate. It is one off fundraiser and there is no guarantee that monies raised will be ploughed back into local health services. With the NHS in dire straits financially, monies can just be sucked up to cover deficits. There is also pressure and incentives to make quick sales, which may not be the best deal, to vacate buildings which have a high sales value regardless of whether the building is needed and to use PFI to bring buildings up to a reasonable standard to put on the market  

7. Join up and stand firm with other Councils to tell the Government Rumpelstiltskin isn’t real!  You can’t knit good health and social care out of split hairs.


The Leeds Health Plan is another privatisation vehicle

Leeds Health Plan and Accountable Care Organisations flier for community committees


This Saturday 2nd December 11- 12.15/30 We will be having a stall outside Virgin Media on Commercial St.( near Boots) .All support appreciated. We will be giving out our merry robin postcards  but will also have some signage  re Virgin’s rip off of the NHS in Surrey. They had the gall to sue the NHS for  not being awarded a contract to run children’s services and have just had a pay out of at least £328,000- all money stolen form patient care and tax pay’s pockets!

Wednesday 13th December 6.30 is the next meeting of Leeds KONP in The VICTORIA HOTEL ( side room) If we are a little delayed getting into the room we will be in the bar

Thursday 14th December 5.30 – 6.30/ 7pm , in Dortmund Square, on the Headrow ( with the barrel man) is our “ No return to pre- war days” BIG  SING . Join us in Dortmund Square at 5.30. Bring friends, family et al and dig out long skirts and shawls, baggy trousers, caps and mufflers, waistcoats  and jackets for “toffs”, We have a few spare “ top hats” . If you can bring a lantern that would be great too. We might move on to Briggate after 6pm for a second round. If you really don’t want to sing, please come along and give out merry robin Save Our NHS postcards instead.

We also really need people to attend their Community Committee meetings over the next few weeks.

Still to come:


Inner South Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 5.00 pm: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR.  Contact: Guy Close (0113) 3788667

Inner North West  Thursday, 7th December,  7.00 pm, Brownlee Centre, Bodington Way LS16 8NA Contact: Andy Booth 0113 247 4325

Outer North East Monday 11th December at 5.30 , proposed venue Committee Room 4, Civic Hall Contact: John Grieve 0113 37 88662

Agendas and more info on



Why we need legislation to reinstate the NHS

From a legal specialist member of Leeds KONP:

In summary:

  • The repeal of 2012 Act is part of a wider movement against the neo-liberal policies of the past 40 years
  • Without fully repealing the 2012 Act we will end up with a privatised health system
  • The moral principles of a properly funded and accountable public health service need to be renewed and re-articulated
  • The next Labour Party Manifesto should set out NHS policies for the 21st century that are socially just and economically efficient

NHS no1 again in CommonWealth Fund Report, US healthcare is bottom

Just as in 2014, our NHS again is no 1 in the world for healthcare. Health leaders need to listen and learn that privatisation of healthcare leads to an ongoing series of expensive, unnecessary failures that damage patients, damage staff, damage the economy and lead to loss of life.

Take Action Now!
• Urge your MP to oppose cuts, press the Government to fund the NHS to provide top quality care and support the NHS Reinstatement Bill. This will scrap the 2012 Health & Social Care Act and restore a publicly funded, publicly provided and accountable National Health Service
• Resist plans for £22 billion more NHS cuts to services across Yorkshire.
• Stop contracting out NHS employees.
• Stop the sell-off of NHS Land and Assets
• Support fair pay for NHS staff and the re-instatement of the bursary for nurses and other key health workers.

Leeds KONP and Durham KONP at Durham Miners Gala


Join us tomorrow, 6.30pm O’Neills 

Hope to see you in O’Neill’s tomorrow at 6.30pm ( Directly behind the Town Hall)

You will be able to pick up bundles of NHS birthday postcards to distribute and I’ll also have some A3 Happy Birthday cards on foamboard – see attached. We want to fill these up with messages for NHS staff then hand them in to the hospitals on the NHS’s birthday on Wed 5th .  If you can take one into work or  pass round friends and relatives and get it back to me for 5th ( or arrange for us to pick it up)  that would be great .


Next Events needing support :


Tomorrow ( wed) 12 – 1ish outside Leeds Market on Vicar Lane: Giving out postcards and gathering comments on the birthday cards

Unfortunately the forecast is poor. If is raining more than a few drops we will postpone, please contact us.


Saturday 1st Some of us will be joining the health section of the NOT ONE MORE DAY#TORIES OUT  demonstration in London. assembling at 12 noon at Broadcasting  House, Portland Place and marching to Parliament.  See . Leeds TUC has organised a coach: see

Unite are also organising coaches  but I expect these will be for member and families although they may offer out any extra space. The contact for Unite coaches is 

Sunday 2nd  11.30 – 1pm Leeds KONP stall outside Boots on  Albion St. with the birthday cards, balloons etc


Wednesday 5th  NHS Birthday

 7.30am –  9.30am beside the multi- storey car park and mini roundabout outside the Jubilee/ A&E entrance to LGI. We will have a big birthday banner, placards, balloons,  bunting etc to welcome staff and public. As I ‘m sure we’ll will want to sing happy birthday if not other songs, it would be good if people can come along with musical instruments. Trade Union banners also very welcome.  After a brunch break we’ll take all the kit across to St. James main entrance for 12noon so if it is easiest to come at lunchtime  please join us

12 – 2 at the main entrance to St. James Hospital on Becket St.   


Meanwhile you might like to look at a couple of Guardian articles  in which the Head of the BMA says  “The Government is trying to keep the NHS running on nothing but fumes” and a piece on the Govt reneging on expanding nursing places and the disastrous effect of scrapping the nurse bursary


NB if you want postcards or a birthday card and can’t collect tomorrow, just let us know and we will arrange.