See you tomorrow in London 

We’ll be there, fighting for #OURNHS we won’t give up 

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Updates from latest Scrutiny & Board meetings


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2017 #Yorkshire March for the NHS #Leeds 1st April

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#Howl for our NHS #Leeds

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Leeds KONP update

Some pics from yesterday and latest minutes

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Key dates for the NHS in Leeds & WYorks next week

21st January meet 11.30 Headrow and bring scrubs if you have.

23rd January West Yorks & Harrogate Joint Scrutiny Committee,  10.00am Leeds Civic Hall 

24th January Leeds Adult Social Care Public Health & NHS Joint Scrutiny, 1.30pm Leeds Civic Hall 

25th January, Leeds North CCG board, 2.30pm Reginald Centre, Chapeltown Road

Next Leeds KONP Meeting 23rd Feb. 6.30pm O’Neills 

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Singing the NHS back into public hands in Leeds

Excellent response in Leeds on Friday night, thanks to everyone that came and joined in:
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If howling is more your thing than singing, we have a great howl coming up in Leeds on 23rd December,

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Events update

Join us

Singing this Friday 16.12 5.30 – 6.30 Dortmund Square – NHS Christmas songs

Dec 23rd at 12noon Howl for the NHS

Jan 21st KONP stall, location tbc

16th Feb (tentative) Public meeting

Sat 4th March London demo for NHS

Sat. April 1st Yorkshire demo

Recent events

STP Lobby – About 25 turned out with banners and placards and a couple of people from Kirklees tried to get press passes. An NHS Employers Fed representative said that no one was prepared to come out and speak with us.. Some people shared info re developments in their area and we ended with singing and chanting. Leeds Beckett media students did some filming and Made in Leeds TV did a small interview piece but turned up after we had disbanded.

Leeds KONP and Hospital Alert went to support a stall at Dewsbury Hospital against STP and hospital cuts. Good turn out and lots of cars hooted. Huddersfield had a similar protest at the same time.

Unite have launched a campaign on STPs. Happy to facilitate a regional mtg with key Unite organisers and was positive about inviting GMB and Unison as well as reps from regional campaigns. GMB regional health organiser has already indicated she is keen to share info and joint work. Unite happy to be one of the speakers at a public mtg and assist with resources.

Leeds KONP took our banner to Hands Off Huddersfield Royal Infirmary event on 12.11. Also to Barnsley to support their action to save the hyper stroke unit and other services at Barnsley Hospital.

About 20 turned out for a stall, protest, leafleting in Dortmund square after the Chancellor offered no further funds for health or social care in his autumn statement.

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West Yorkshire and national updates

Regional centralisation
Mid Yorks Hospital neurology service on life support More than half the consultant left and it looks like services will be centralized at Leeds. Alan noted that microbiology has gone from Bradford and St. James and is all now in LGI.

Mental health
There is massive pressure on mental health beds in Leeds and out of area placements still being made. There are also people waiting to be sectioned because the approved mental health worker is delaying assessment as they know there are no beds . People on Community Care Orders can also wait 2/3 weeks to be called in for re-assessment.

Warfarin home testing
Several people on warfarin being asked to buy their own analyser.

Leeds KONP and Hospital Alert attended and asked questions at a special , short Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board on the CCGs’ operational plans However they were only allowed to contribute at the end of the mtg . The Board refused to ratify the plans for the next 2 year as presented but said they would consider an e mail decision once given more info. There was a Joint Scrutiny meeting of chairs and reps from all the West Yorks Scrutiny Boards except Harrogate on 18th November. This expressed concerns around consultation, communication, governance etc and RESOLVED – That a more detailed forward plan around key milestones within the STP be presented to the next meeting of the Joint Committee for discussion. We understand that Harrogate will be invited to attend. This Committee is due to be held at 10am on Jan 23rd in the Civic Hall, Leeds and will be open to the public (so do come if you can!) Campaigners will also be writing to the Chairs of Scrutiny Committees beforehand..

Cancer in Yorkshire and the Humber
A report from Public Health England, NHS England, and Yorkshire Cancer Research. This is intended to provide the most up-to-date summary of the Yorkshire cancer story to date. Over the last 10 years, in line with England, the mortality rate from cancer has decreased significantly in Yorkshire and the Humber. However, the rate in 2013 was 300 deaths per 100,000 population, which is significantly higher than the rate for England, at 284 deaths per 100,000 population. There is also substantial variation in mortality rates within the region, from 237 deaths per 100,000 population in Hambleton, to 360 deaths per 100,000 population in Hull. For the majority of places incidence and mortality rates are correlated, as might be expected. However, some areas such as North East Lincolnshire show a comparatively lower incidence rate but a significantly higher mortality rate.

An ex Director of Public Health in Leeds suggests rural areas with poorer access to services are doing less well on survival rates, which seems particularly relevant when local services under the axe.

30 jobs under threat in York Hospital’s Cervical Cytology department Alex Ross in The Press, York, 19.12.16
Staff at York Hospital are facing the threat of redundancy after it was revealed a testing service would no longer be done in the city. Around 30 jobs are at risk in the Cervical Cytology department after NHS England awarded the contract to another site. The department is responsible for analysing smear tests for women across North Yorkshire and has done so for the last 16 years. However, York Hospital has confirmed to The Press they have lost the service and the move will take effect from April 1, 2017. The location of the new facility has not been disclosed.
Defend Our NHS York noted that this testing service is commissioned by NHS England not the local CCG so it is easier to slip under the radar.

Pontefract Hospital has lost significant services, ICU and neo natal special care are likely to go and the whole hospital could end up mainly outpatients. More pressure will be put on Barnsley and Pinderfields who are already struggling to pick up maternity from Dewsbury and will be under added pressure when/if Huddersfield A&E closes.

Airedale Hospital is vulnerable but not clear where cuts will come at present

Barnsley is already fighting to save its hyper acute stroke service and children’s services,

For National news and commentary – summaries from Dr John Puntis: konp-leeds-nhs-news-digest-nov-2016

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STP resource page

Including our postcards, key summary issues and links to the STP. All suggestions for additions welcome, please reply below

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We have no closed meetings, everyone is always welcome Wednesdays at O’Neill’s side room, Great George St. Contact us for more details

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