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.


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.

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


The Leeds Health Plan is another privatisation vehicle

Leeds Health Plan and Accountable Care Organisations flier for community committees


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



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


Join us – events coming up

WED 22nd November 5 – 6.15pm Budget Day Protest/ KONP stall  in Dortmund Square off the Headrow, KONP meeting afterward.

Lobby your MP now re the budget and NHS funding https://healthcheck.nhsfunding.info/fundournhs/
Info you can use: https://keepournhspublic.com/news/fund-our-nhs/

Sat 2nd December 11-12.15/30  KONP stall outside Virgin Media on Commercial St. just near Boots.

Thursday 5.30 – 6.30 on Dortmund Square Leeds KONP BIG  SING: NO RETURN TO PRE-WAR DAYS. Please bring friends, relations, colleagues, put on some “ olden day “ clothes.

Sat Jan 20th 10.30 – 4pm Northern Health Campaigns Together Conference in St. George’s Centre on Grt George St. next to the Crypt and LGI.

NB Hands Off Huddersfield Royal Infirmary are planning a Hands Round Our Hospital event on Sat Dec 2nd . Unfortunately this clashes with our Leeds KONP stall but if you would like to go, meet at 11.30am on  the playing fields above the Esso Garage on New Hey Road (just above Lindley roundabout) for speeches before walking to the hospital.  This is a quiet protest against stealth ward swaps that will send cardiology and respiratory acute medical wards from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to Calderdale Royal Hospital, and an elderly care ward from Halifax to Huddersfield.


#HCT2017 notes

See also hashtag #HCT2017, videos, presentations of sessions from the day will be uploaded later onto healthcampaignstogether website

Opening speakers included chairs of Hammersmith & Ealing Councils – both of whom have rejected the STPs – they were described as fraud by Conservative government. Ealing & Hammersmith cover area / population the size of Leeds – if the A&Es close it would be like Leeds without an A&E.
We cannot forget the previous attempts by NHS England to try and close our hospitals up here and the great support from Leeds politicians of different political parties.

Ken Loach thanked NHS campaigners around the country. He said that he & others come to campaigns for information and advice. He wants campaigners to support Corbyn to reinstate the NHS with NHS employees fairly paid, working for the NHS and an end to privatisation.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of BMA spoke of how the BMA votes every year for the founding principles of the NHS. Says 1 in 3 GP surgeries have permanent unfilled vacancies.

“If CQC wants to give to special measures, it should give to government”


Different objections to PFI from policy makers / politicians – all info in CHPI report


PFI profits leave NHS and not invested back, go to offshore funds in Jersey.

​One campaigner found her pension in 4 PFI funds asset managed in Jersey.

Naylor report not well written – doesn’t allow for sequential testing of NHS estate review. For example if deciding that not for clinical use, consider social benefit, social housing (think of numbers of NHS staff and vulnerable patients in poverty or lack of social care and using foodbanks) on estate. This can save NHS more money e.g with stepdown care rather than private companies trying to house people in the community for greater cost).

There needs to be one public estate strategy which includes NHS and all public sector estate. Familiar territory to councillors and sequential testing provides a possible process. Property law attendees at the conference today compiling a brief.

International campaigns – fantastic stories from a Canadian province – holding public referendums and stopped private clinics / independent treatment centres from being established. They have a coalition with 450 member organisations, health professionals, legislators and many other individuals. Engage with USA physicians for an NHS and Bernie Sanders campaign. Patients are not widgets and neither is care.

North Devon held referendum and did a red line protest against CCG refusal to draw red lines around healthcare. Got mainstream media coverage with campaign going from 50 to 4/5000 and lical Tory MPs gave support after that. Also in Chelmsford in area with Tory MP.

Book recommendations

  • Plot Against the NHS – Colin Leys
  • NHS PLC – Allyson Pollock
  • This is going to hurt – Adam Kay
  • NHS for Sale – Myths, Lies and Deception – Jacky Davis, John Lister, David Wrigley
  • NHS SOS – Raymond Tallis
  • Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South – David McDonald
  • The New Poverty – Stephen Armstrong

Closing remarks

Thanks from SamFairbairn of Peoples Assembly to every local #NHS campaign for their work in organising largest NHS demo in history earlier this year – planning a bigger one in March 2018. Establishment planning celebrating NHS – yes but because of founding principles so keep and celebrate those !

John Lister – ACO – Accountable Care Organisations are a failure – not accountable, don’t care and not well organised!

Notes changes in consideration about removal of competition in local market – now joining up in larger organisations. Think tanks are thinking!  Reiterates that private sector operates on profit, not ideology. United Health investing $2.2bn in Chile at the moment. When services unprofitable, are abandoned. Only profitable bits are bedfilling at the moment – previously in Germany they had more beds than patients and went to other European countries trying to fill beds. Now interest in Germany in NHS concept. in UK, the public doesn’t want privatisation, wants an NHS.

Unprecedented to have NHS CEOs, NHS Providers speaking out – saying mission impossible.

Don’t let councillors off the hook,force them to stand up for our NHS, to reverse the failures in the privatisation of social care and NHS dentistry. Labour keen to work with Health Campaigns Together – work to reinstate the NHS, end privatisation, reduce health inequality.

From a meeting in Massachussets where many private health companies are based. A speaker said that

the NHS is a light to other countries in the world, brings hope of what can be done