South Tyneside Judicial Review in Leeds next Tuesday 18th December

Please try to get down to the courts to give them a lively and warm welcome to Leeds and express our solidarity with their struggle.


Hospitals of the future Consultation – take part now!

Leeds Hospital Alert

The drop in events are Friday 9th November 10.00 – 15.00 in the Carriage works (Electric Press, Millenium Square). and Monday 19th November 16.00 – 20.00

The outline proposals can be found at and also:

At the AGM Linda Pollard said they were still making the outline business case. There is very little detail on funding apart from this statement:

“Meeting these costs will be challenging. Nationally in the NHS, there are many requests for capital funding to fund developments and improvements like these. But, at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, our recent strong financial performance and improvements mean we’re in a good position to discuss funding options with the Department of Health.”

This is clearly a cautious statement! Last time we actually got to discuss all the powerful argument for a Children’s Hospital it was knocked back by the DH as too expensive, particularly given the investment in…

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Actions you can take now and in autumn for our NHS and social care

1.We are helping to organise a Health Campaigns Together Conference on Social Care on Sat 17th Nov in Birmingham. This is a bold venture as it isn’t clear that any other organisation is trying to bring together people to discuss what we want Social Care to look like and how we start campaigning to get there .

It is increasingly impossible to separate campaigning for the NHs without addressing the almost wholesale privatisation and underfunding of Social Care.

Please join us in Birmingham on 17thNovember Registration costing £10 and £5 is now open on the HCT website or just click on

2. The NHSE consultation on withdrawing / severely restricting 17 treatments closes on 28th September.

If you haven’t filled it in you might like to look at the document from KONP which is a great help and includes alink to the consultation. I sent it on 11th Sept. with the notes of the last mtg but will re-send separately to avoid overloading this e mail.

3.The CQC is calling for evidence from “local stakeholders” prior to their review of Leeds health and social care systems in October. They are particularly interested in experience around older people moving between health and social care services, including delayed transfers of care. If you want to contribute, please see health& before 24thSeptember 2018

Upcoming events

22.9. 12 noon Demo to save Liverpool Women’s Hospital assembles at the hospital and marches to the waterfront where te Labour Party Conference is assembling

23.9 11am HCT and Neon mtg on saving our NHS ,p art of the World Transformed Conference, BlackE main area, Liverpool.

25.9 6-8pm Socialist Health Association Mtg at the Quaker Mtg House,22 School Lane Liverpool

26.9 2.15-4.15 LTHT AGM in the seminar room, ground floor, Gledhow. Handover of KONP/LHA NHS 70th birthday cards at end of mtg.

26.9 4.30-5.30 Leeds CCG AGM 4.30-5.30 at St. George’s Centre ( tea from 4pm)

28.9 1.30 -3.30 HCT Yorks mtg at Unison offices, Commerce House, Wade Lane, next to Merrion Centre

Sat 29.9 11am Leeds KONP stall on Commercial St.near Accessorize, not far along from Boots

Sat. 6.10 12-1pm HRI demo 12-1pm Market Cross, Huddersfield

Sat 13.10 KONP stall 11am venue tbc

NEXT LEEDS KONP mtgs Wed 10th October 6.30- 8pm pm in The Victoria Hotel, Great George St.

Wed 24th October 6.30 – 8pm in the Victoria Hotel, at rear of Town Hall

US management consultants in Leeds are stealing your right to receive NHS treatment – how to stop them

Dear Sir,

On Wednesday 22nd August, NHS England (NHSE) held a public discussion in Leeds Town Hall on restricting access to 17 different medical interventions, including surgery for common hand problems, varicose veins, tonsillectomy and other conditions. Although an important national consultation on major changes in NHS provision, poor advertising and summer holidays meant it was attended by only a handful of people.

The supposition behind the proposals is that doctors thoughtlessly recommend surgical interventions that are neither effective nor safe to hundreds of thousands of patients each year.

While there are excellent evidence based guidelines already available for who should have these treatments, clinicians must be compelled to make special funding requests for individual patients, and hospitals told they will not be paid for activity, in order to bring them into line with NHSE designated ‘best practice’.

The Royal College of Surgeons objects to interventions that improve quality of life and reduce pain being designated as ‘low value’, pointing out that not treating some conditions may lead to much more costly complications later on.

Revealingly, the current limited list of ‘low value interventions’ echoes that drawn up by management consultants McKinsey when asked after the 2008 banking crisis how the NHS could save money. NHSE plans to expand rapidly beyond the current list of 17 restricted treatments.

The public need to be aware that this process fundamentally changes the way the NHS works and strikes at the heart of the doctor patient relationship, where clinicians assess a patient’s needs and wants, recommending treatment based on sharing evidence of risks and benefit.

The current projected savings are minute (0.16% of NHS budget), but a key objective of NHSE is to establish that the NHS will no longer provide some treatments, and you wont be able to have these unless you pay to go privately. I would encourage your readers to visit the NHSE website ( and feedback their views through the ‘consultation on evidence based interventions’.

Yours faithfully,

Dr John Puntis
Leeds Keep Our NHS Public