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 https://www.healthcampaignstogether.com/ .

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 !

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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.