September key dates – join us !

  • Protest / KONP exhibition opens at Kirkstall Museum : Sunday August 6th meet 2pm by the museum steps
  • Yorkshire Health Campaigns Together Meeting : Sat 2nd September
  • Leeds KONP stall :
    • 15th Sept 1.30 -3.30,
    • Sat 16th 11am near Boots
  • Leeds Teaching Hospital Trusts Board Meeting: Wed. 27.9 2.30 at St. James
  • Health and Wellbeing Board : Thurs. 28.9 at 9.30

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Leeds KONP and Durham KONP at Durham Miners Gala

Join us tomorrow, 6.30pm O’Neills 

Hope to see you in O’Neill’s tomorrow at 6.30pm ( Directly behind the Town Hall)

You will be able to pick up bundles of NHS birthday postcards to distribute and I’ll also have some A3 Happy Birthday cards on foamboard – see attached. We want to fill these up with messages for NHS staff then hand them in to the hospitals on the NHS’s birthday on Wed 5th .  If you can take one into work or  pass round friends and relatives and get it back to me for 5th ( or arrange for us to pick it up)  that would be great .

 

Next Events needing support :

 

Tomorrow ( wed) 12 – 1ish outside Leeds Market on Vicar Lane: Giving out postcards and gathering comments on the birthday cards

Unfortunately the forecast is poor. If is raining more than a few drops we will postpone, please contact us.

 

Saturday 1st Some of us will be joining the health section of the NOT ONE MORE DAY#TORIES OUT  demonstration in London. assembling at 12 noon at Broadcasting  House, Portland Place and marching to Parliament.  See http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/not_one_day_more_toriesout_national_demonstration . Leeds TUC has organised a coach: see  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/not-one-day-more-leeds-tuc-transport-to-national-toriesout-demonstration-tickets-35633828741.

Unite are also organising coaches  but I expect these will be for member and families although they may offer out any extra space. The contact for Unite coaches is Sharron.Lucas@unitetheunion.org 

Sunday 2nd  11.30 – 1pm Leeds KONP stall outside Boots on  Albion St. with the birthday cards, balloons etc

 

Wednesday 5th  NHS Birthday

 7.30am –  9.30am beside the multi- storey car park and mini roundabout outside the Jubilee/ A&E entrance to LGI. We will have a big birthday banner, placards, balloons,  bunting etc to welcome staff and public. As I ‘m sure we’ll will want to sing happy birthday if not other songs, it would be good if people can come along with musical instruments. Trade Union banners also very welcome.  After a brunch break we’ll take all the kit across to St. James main entrance for 12noon so if it is easiest to come at lunchtime  please join us

12 – 2 at the main entrance to St. James Hospital on Becket St.   

 

Meanwhile you might like to look at a couple of Guardian articles  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/26/uk-public-are-more-dissatisfied-than-ever-with-nhs-poll-shows  in which the Head of the BMA says  “The Government is trying to keep the NHS running on nothing but fumes” and a piece on the Govt reneging on expanding nursing places and the disastrous effect of scrapping the nurse bursary https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jun/27/fund-extra-nursing-training-places-dropped-universities

 

NB if you want postcards or a birthday card and can’t collect tomorrow, just let us know and we will arrange.

Join us to help #VOTENHS

We’ve had a busy few weeks out on the streets with our Leeds KONP stall and lots  of VOTE NHS postcards . We seem to have distributed about 15,000 of the 20,000 we ordered. 
Thursday 1 June 11am Wetherbymarket 11am

Saturday 3rd June  11am probably Morley tbc 

Tuesday 6th June 4.30- 5.30 Boar Lane. We’ll then join the Pre -Election Rally organised by people from Leeds TUC with the People’s Assembly and  Unite the Resistance at 5.30 in City Square and give out more postcards.  Labour MP Richard Burgon and Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of PCS are down to speak.

 

Next meeting of Leeds Keep Our NHS Public on Wednesday 14th June at 6.30pm in O’Neill’s pub, behind the Town Hall.


And if you want more illumination on the Sustainability and Transformation Plans ( now called Partnerships!)  you might like to read

https://www.sochealth.co.uk/2017/05/25/truth-stps-simon-stevens-imposed-reorganisation-designed-transnational-capitalism-englands-nhs-stewart-player

Key dates coming up

 

Wed 26th  April 6.30 – 8pm : Leeds Keep Our NHS Public meeting in O’Neill’s pub side room immediately behind the Town hall

Sat  29th April  assemble 11.30am outside the Art Gallery.  Leeds TUC May Day March:  Theme is pay, living wage etc.

Wed 10th May  6.30 Leeds KONP mtg in O’Neill’s.


Fri 19th May 7-8pm Silent Vigil for mental health in St. George’s Square, Huddersfield

Sat. 20th May 11- 12.30 Leeds KONP stall outside Boots in Town

Sat June 10th KONP national AGM and Conference in London

Sat July 1st Day of protest and celebration of the NHS’s birthday, probably centred in town

 

Wed 5th July Actual NHS birthday, celebrating the NHS and NHS staff, probably centred on LGI and St. James