Yorkshire Health Campaigns Together this Friday

1.30 – 3.30pm, in Unison’s regional office, Commerce House, Wade Lane, LS28NJ

Please remember to come to the door at the back of the building http://www.unison-yorks.org.uk/contact.html

We are hoping that campaigners from Scarborough can make this meeting. They have launched a magnificent campaign against local cuts and closures and have 26,000 signatures on an on line petition.

Suggested items for the agenda include

1. Updates from recent events round the region

999 Call for the NHS JR Appeal Hearing 21.11

HCT’s national Social Care Conference 24.11

South Yorks and Bassetlaw Group , including their lobby 20.11

70th Birthday poetry book launch 24.11

Save Scarborough and District Hospitals Campaign

Hands off HRI

Harrogate

and any other groups wanting to pitch in with news

2. Progress with specific issues and what more needs to be done e

Wholly Owned Subsidiaries

Mental Health

Resisting Integrated Care Partnerships/ Systems, particularly trying to make more impact on Scrutiny Boards and Councillors

3. What next ?

Maxing opportunities provided by the winter crisis to highlight bed and staffing shortages, safety issues and state of social care / neglect

Maxing opportunities provided by the Brexit debacle to highlight desperate staffing shortages

Exposing privatisation and its costs both in health and social care

Continuing to fight cuts and closures on the ground and supporting each other across the region as much as possible.

NB Wirral ‘s recent victory resisting closure of walk in / urgent care centres

4. Upcoming events

Yorkshire march for the NHS; proposed date 30thMarch in Leeds ?

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Snug in or out – join us in November, no time to lose

Don’t miss Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust consultations re their grand plans for development at LGI:

Friday 9th Nov 10 –3 and Monday 19 Nov. 4-8pm, Carriageworks, Millennium Square.

We want to know:

Where their money will come from?

If, where and how there will be bed reductions?

Will there be private sector developments of eating and retail facilities?

Also happening:

Come along to one of the official NHS or LA Board meetings which the public can attend as observers and often put brief questions:

  • Tues 6th Nov 11-1 West Yorks & H’gate Joint CCGs mtg, Junction 25 Conference & Mtg Venue, Kirkdale House, Armytage Road Brighouse, HD6 1QF ( short space for questions from the public at the beginning)
  • Tues 6th Nov. 1.30 – 4ish Leeds Adults, Health and Active Lifestyles Scrutiny Board at Leeds Civic Hall.
  • Wed 28th Nov 2-5 Leeds CCG Board Meeting at the Old Fire Station , Gipton Approach LS9 6NL ( space for questions, usually at start and near end.)
  • Wed 5th Dec 10.30 West Yorks and Harrogate Joint Scrutiny Committee Venue tbc – prob not Leeds ( short deputations allowed at beginning)
  • Wed 12th Dec at 1.30 Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board ( venue tbc ) ( questions at beginning)
  • A working meeting/ group to look at mental health services and plans in Leeds and West Yorks. Date to be fixed , probably late Nov. Hoping some Leeds Hospital Alert members will join us. Please let me know if you are interested
  • NHS 70th birthday poetry book launch on Sat Nov 24th2pm at York Library , organised by Christine Hyde from Dewsbury KONP with readings and a performance of Defend Our NHS York / Anne Leonard’s NHS “ Mystery Play” with walk ons from 2 of our Leeds KONPers ! See https://www.hopesmith.org.uk .

Next Meetings of Leeds KONP both in the Victoria Hotel, Great George St. directly at the rear of the Town Hall:

Wed 14th Nov 6.30 – 8pm – ordinary meeting

Wed 28th Nov 6.30 until 8.30/9 extra-ordinary meeting / social

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 https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dont-transfer-loyal-staff-out-of-the-nhs,  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

Also

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 http://democracy@leeds.gov.uk

 

Why we need legislation to reinstate the NHS

From a legal specialist member of Leeds KONP:

https://leedskeepournhspublic.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/konp-leeds-mps-briefing-powerpoint-amended-23-sept-17-1645pm.pdf

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