Leeds KONP supporting Huddersfield hospital on Thursday

Well done to everyone, great to get this to further scrutiny


#FundourNHS Leeds

200 people joined outside Leeds General Infirmary and the march into the city centre. We were also represented on the national march in London

We’ll keep doing this, we will kwep fighting for our NHS

Winter Crisis and the NHS – letter in Yorkshire Evening Post

17 January 2018

Dear Sir,

Dark winter nights are traditionally the time for sharing myths and telling tall tales. For example, in relation to the NHS winter crisis, the government insists that health care is well financed despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Those ideologically opposed to public services blame inefficiency, while a few incriminate migrants. From its foundation up to the year 2010 the NHS always received an annual funding settlement that took account of growing pressures from such factors as an increasing population, more elderly and chronic sick, and new treatments. This rising demand was met by a 4% annual funding increase; reduced for the past eight years to only 1%. The government states correctly that it is giving the NHS more money, while obscuring the reality that a 1% uplift represents an unprecedented funding squeeze, building to a deficit of £22bn by 2020. Together with cuts in social care this is the reason for the current crisis, with hospital overcrowding, cancelled operations, missed targets and staff shortages. Although the world’s 6th largest economy, the UK spends much less per head on health than Germany or France – and less than half the US or Switzerland. Internationally, NHS efficiency is widely recognized, for example by the US Commonwealth Fund that compares different health systems in advanced countries. Health economists generally look at the NHS with amazement at how much it delivers for so little. While the NHS is efficient, the current market in health care is both costly and unnecessary, and of no benefit to patients. Care for overseas visitors is estimated at around 0.3% of total budget. The Government recently introduced charges for migrants, but the cost of collection is proving to be greater than the income generated. The real objective is getting us used to the idea that charging for health care and denying some people treatment is normal. NHS cuts are a political choice, and we could choose to spend more and prioritise health for everyone. It is time for the British public to sweep away the myths and demand that we return to a properly resourced health service before we find ourselves in a land of permanent winter.

Yours sincerely,

Dr John Puntis
Leeds Keep Our NHS Public


Join us over the next few weekends

This Sunday 15th January  2-3.15 stall  outside Virgin Media on Commercial St. near Boots   with national fliers re the  called Winter crisis and Virgin’s growing empire of private health care. Any help appreciated.

Saturday 20th January, Northern Health Campaigns Together Conference at St. George’s Centre Great George St., next to the LGI. The Conference runs from 11 to 4.30. The Conference is free to all but we will be taking donations for lunch, teas/ coffees etc.

Saturday Feb 3rd at 12.30 Meet by the mini roundabout outside Jubilee Wing/ A&E at LGI for the nation- wide day of  protest “ NHS in Crisis : Fix it Now”  called by Health Campaigns Together and The People’s Assembly.  Please pass the word on and help max our impact.

Saturday 14th April we are hoping to hold the annual Yorkshire Health Campaigns Together demonstration in Leeds. We have had a demo in York or Leeds around the beginning of April since the passing of 2012 Health & Social Care Act – this has been a Yorkshire event and might even be a Northern event, watch this space! 

Next meeting of LEEDS Keep Our NHS Public will be on Wednesday 24th January 6.30-8pm in the left hand side room of the Victoria Hotel , Great George St


Leeds KONP on Radio Leeds about ‘winter pressures’

Happy new year everyone! 

Dr John Puntis – about the so called winter pressures which are really year long.

Find it from 11 mins 20 secs on https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05r2k56

Prepare for co-ordinated national action on Jan 27th. There is going to be lots happening this year. 

Please help with planning at our next Leeds KONP mtg on Wed 10th Jan 6.30-8pm n the Victoria Hotel, Grt. George St.


Northern Health Campaigns Together Conference and Leeds KONP update

Save the date and tell everyone you know – we’re inviting campaigns from across the North of England. Full speaker list to be confirmed.

20th January 2018, 11 – 4.30, St George’s Conference centre, Leeds, LS1 3BR

Conference Health Campaigns Together Northern Conference


Health Campaigns Together Network HCT Yorks mtg 11.11.17

Leeds KONP KONP LEEDS mtg 22.11.17


Please attend the Leeds Health Plan Committee meetings

As a start we need people to speak up at all 8 Community Cttees where the plan is being presented sold. 

There are four next week! 

The CCG sees these as “consultations ” We have a flier for the public and can provide good briefing docs on Accountable Care Systems/ orgsanisations. 

The community committee meetings next week:
Outer North West Mon. 27th November, 2017 1.30 pm Proposed venue: Upper Pool Bank Village Hall, Quarry Farm Road, Pool-in-Wharfedale, LS21 3BT Contact: Debbie Oldham on 0113 37 88656

Outer South Monday, 27th November, 2017 4.00 pm Contact: Andy Booth 0113 247 4325

Inner West : Wednesday, 29th November, 6.00 pm Proposed venue: Strawberry Lane Community Centre,Leeds LS12 1SF Contact: Debbie Oldham 0113 37 88656

Inner East Thursday, 30th November, 5.30 pm proposed venue Civic hall Contact: Helen Gray 0113 3788657 Workshop on Leeds Health and Care Plan from 6.30