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 – events calendar for March – June

Next Meeting  Wed 13th March 6.30- 8pm in the Victoria Hotel  immediately behind the Town Hall.

Please keep promoting support for the Yorkshire Health Campaigns  Together March for the NHS on 30th March and note a number of other events coming up.

Sat 9th March Leeds Summat  all day but KONP workshop with Space 2:  15.50 – 17.10 at Notre Dame College

Sat 9th March 11.30 – 4pm also National KONP Steering Group  at Swarthmore.

Sat 16th March  11-12.15 KONP stall on Commercial St. next to Monsoon, near Boots.( we will also be doing stalls 16.3 and 23.3)

Sat 30th March HCT Yorkshire grand march for the NHS assembles 11.30 outside Leeds Art Gallery

Tuesday 2nd April 7.30 pm Café Economique on privatistaion of the health service at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton with KONP stall.

Mon 1st to Wed 3rd April Showings of John Furze film  Groundswell organised by 999 in Kirklees  Mon.1st  7 – 9pm Dewsbury Town Hall, WF12 8DG.

Tuesday 2nd 7pm:  Jo Cox House, 3Branch Road, Batley.  Wed. 3rd 7pm  Huddersfield Methodist Mission, 3-13 Lord Street, HD1 1QA.

Friday 12th April at new time 2.30-4.30pm  Yorks HCT network mtg also in new venue  Mill Hill Chapel on City Square opposite Leeds Train  Station

Thursday April 18th 7.30 Mark Thomas Check Up – our NHs at 70 on at Wakefield  Thetare Royal with KONP stall, banners and filming See flier attached & get tickets..

Sat 4th May Leeds TUC May Day March with KONP banner/ contingent

Sat 15th June  National KONP AGM in London

Sat 29th June Northern HCT Health & Social Care Conf.  in St. George’s Centre

There is also a prayer motion being put to the House of Commons by Jeremy Corbyn, John Ashworth et al to annul integrated care legislation which the Govt are trying to sneak through.  Please see and ask your MP to support it.

Fight the freeze, meetings this winter, Leeds Summat and LGI lobby

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If any of you can brave the cold we would love some support for a Leeds KONP stall this Saturday 19th from 11-12.15ish on Commercial St near Accessorize, just along from Boots.

We may have a few tunes to keep us warm!

We are  planning to have a couple of workshops at “Leeds Summat” on March 9th
We thought we would show the Kirkstall museum film and have some discussion  but focus on practical activities like making placards for the demo, making up chants, even singing  to try to encourage the involvement of new and maybe even younger people !  Space 2 are also collecting stories about the NHS for their NHS 70th project as well as making a banner.


We are  thinking about calling another one of our lobby/ events outside LGI ( by the A&E roundabout ) to combine highlighting the  lack of staff and beds in the hospital with thanking staff for the brilliant job they do despite being 110,000 short and putting across some clear messages re the inadequacy and spin in the 10 year plan.

Spread the word about our annual Yorkshire Health Campaigns  Together demonstration and rally on Saturday 30th March. Assemble 11.30 outside Leeds Art Gallery. It gets a little mention in the latest Health Campaigns Together  newspaper which you can download from the website .

And if you fancy sitting in the public gallery of a few meetings these are coming up :

  • Wed Jan 30th 2-5, Leeds CCG in Pudsey Civic Hall
  • Mon 11th Feb 10.30am Joint Scrutiny Board West Yorks & Harrogate, venue tbc Halifax Town Hall
  • Thursday 28th Feb. 1.30 – 4pm Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board

Next Meeting of Leeds Keep Our NHS Public will be on Wed 23rd Feb 6.30 – 8pm in the Victoria Hotel. We will be setting aside 30/40 mins to talk about what we want the NHS to look like ! Hope to see a good crowd there !

Press Release: Dr Jacky Davis, expert radiologist to speak on NHS march as it passes through Leeds on 22nd / 23rd August

This Saturday hundreds of campaigners departed from Jarrow intent on delivering a petition calling on the government to be more transparent about it’s plans for the NHS. The March is expected to arrive in Leeds on the 23rd of August as it follow the route of the original 1936 march from Jarrow to Parliament.

Doctor Jacky Davis, a consultant radiologist at Whittington Hospital since 1981 who was called as a witness by the House of Commons Health Committee enquiry into Top-up fees in the NHS in 2009, will speak at the rally taking place in Leeds to welcome the marches into the city. Dr Davis has written at length on the impact healthcare reform has had on the NHS, previously expressing a worry that the NHS will become a two tier system.

“We fear NHS services being reduced to a core of poor services for poor people, with those who can afford it topping up their personal health budgets with insurance or out-of-pocket payments and those who can’t afford it going without.


The problem we have come to realize is that we aren’t just fighting the Tory government; we are fighting the global medical industrial complex with all its power, influence and money. And its cozy relationship with today’s politicians.”

Doctor Davis recently co authored ‘NHS SOS: How the NHS Was Betrayed and How We Can Save It’ with Ray Tallis which was published in 2013.

#darlomums with NHS campaigning banners

The march comes from Harrogate on the 22nd August, arriving in Leeds around 5.30pm and leaves Leeds the following morning around 9.30am to march to Wakefield. A number of campaigners intend to complete the route in full from Jarrow to Parliament, with a planned arrival date of 6th September.