Join us tomorrow evening

Everyone is very welcome to the next Leeds Keep Our NHS Public meeting this Wed 29th6.30 – 8pm in the Victoria Hotel ( Bridget’s room) immediately behind Leeds Town Hall.

We will be discussing the latest NHS news, the new GP contract and the development of primary care networks and Integrated Care partnerships.

Planning will focus on

Ø The Northern Health Campaigns Together Conference in Leeds on 29thJune -publicity and organisation.

Ø A meeting with Angela Raynor, Jane Aitchison et al in Pudsey at 2pm on June 1st as part of a Labour Roots meet campaigners initiative. The Pudsey meeting focuses on public services. Places are limited and you need to request an invitation here. I have also been asked to give the organisers an idea of the numbers from Leeds KONP so if you can let me know if you are coming that would be helpful. There is also a LP rally in the Armouries at 6pm on 1stJune. .

Ø potential Leeds KONP stalls on 1st and 8th June

Ø the KONP AGM in London on 15th June. John Lister and Cat Hobbs from ‘We Own It’ will be talking about privatisation, Dr. Helen Salisbury, an Oxford GP and BMJ columnist will be talking about ‘Integration- What Kind of NHS Services do we want ?’ and James Skinner from MEDACT and Sophie Williams from Docs Not Cops will talk about “Hostile environment in the NHS ; Migrant Charges”. Join KONP and register for the Conference at https://tinyurl.com/y53wacfs . We also need to think about whether we want to submit a motion to the AGM

Ø Marion McAlpine’s photographic exhibition on privatisation in the NHS.. Keighley Library are showing it from May 29th to June 8th but Leeds Library have turned it down. Any other ideas welcome as it would be good to keep it up north at least until the Conference on 29thJune.

Ø Space 2’s exhibition on the NHS birthday will be in the Central Library from 13th June to 5th July.

Ø NHS 71st birthday Friday July 5th – we need to start planning our protest( s) / celebration

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Thank you and get stuck in

Thanks to everyone who helped us have a lively  presence both inside and outside the theatre at Mark Thomas’s NHS at 70 show in Wakefield on Wednesday. He was feisty and to the point and the theatre was packed out !  There are some pics on our facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/141710829185241/

LA and health meetings coming up if anyone wants to join the public gallery!

  • Leeds Adults and Health Scrutiny Board 23rd April  1.30 in the Civic Hall,
  • Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board 25th April 10am – venue to be confirmed

More opportunities to march with the Leeds KONP banner and help get our messages across at

  • Leeds TUC May Day march Sat 4th May, assembling at 11.30 at Leeds Art Gallery
  • Banners Held High Sat. May 18th in Wakefield  For the march/ parade assemble 11am  Smyth St. nr. Westgate station. Later there are stalls, films, theatre etc until 5
  • Save the date – 29th June for our Northern Conference in Leeds.

For more events see the minutes and for more info re NHS England’s  public consultation on possible changes in legislation affecting the NHS (https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/…/nhs-long-term-plan-leg…/) which closes on 25th April and KONP’s position on proposed legislative changes, see John Puntis latest post on our facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/141710829185241/

You are all very welcome at the next meeting of LEEDS KEEP OUR NHS PUBLIC this Wednesday 24th April 6.30-8pm in the Victoria Hotel, behind Leeds Town Hall

The next meeting on 8th May we are aiming to have a discussion about Labour Party policy and practice re the NHS with  Councillor Paul Truswell.

Read the Minutes for more

10 year plan for the NHS – Leeds KONP

The plan sets out how the NHS will use the extra £20.5bn a year by 2023-24 to drive improvements in the service over the next 10 years.

  • investment in “world class, cutting edge treatments,” including genomic tests for every child with cancer and artificial intelligence to potentially improve stroke diagnosis
  • a renewed focus on prevention to stop an estimated 85 000 premature deaths each year, including new dedicated alcohol and tobacco treatment services in hospitals, and an expansion of the diabetes prevention programme
  • a new guarantee that investment in primary, community, and mental health care will grow faster than the overall NHS budget2; the plan says this will include £4.5bn to fund integrated care across England
  • the “biggest ever” investment in mental health services, rising to at least £2.3bn a year by 2023-24,3 will include an expansion of community based services, including in schools, to help 345 000 more children and teenagers
  • a package of upgrades to improve neonatal services, including more specialists and expert nurses in units
  • extra investment in early detection in areas such as cancer and respiratory care
  • “every patient will have the right to online ‘digital’ GP consultations, and redesigned hospital support will be able to avoid up to a third of outpatient appointments – saving patients 30 million trips to hospital, and saving the NHS over £1 billion a year in new expenditure averted. GP practices – typically covering 30-50,000 people – will be funded to work together to deal with pressures in primary care and extend the range of convenient local services, creating genuinely integrated teams of GPs, community health and social care staff.”
  • The document warns that the H&SCA is damaging the NHS and stopping it from making vital improvements to the care patients receive.

Health Service Journal :

KONP website:

Rationing plan for 17 NHS treatments no longer to be commissioned by CCGs. Trusts are also urged to ‘grow their external (non-NHS) income’ and ‘work towards securing the benchmarked potential for commercial income growth’. They must set up systems to raise money by charging patients for treatment (‘overseas visitor cost recovery’) – a policy recently denounced by several medical Royal Colleges because of its impact on individual and public health.

The 44 discredited Sustainability and Transformation Plans, re-branded as Integrated Care Systems, will hold the regional budgets to control NHS Trusts. ‘Planning assumptions’ in each STP area are to be agreed by 14 January. Neither the STPs, nor the ICSs, nor the Long Term Plan has been mandated by an Act of Parliament, let alone by patients or healthworkers.

The private sector could gain control of individual ICSs through long term contracts to manage the entire health system within one region.

John Lister:

A depressing re-run of previous plans and gimmicks: the only novel proposals are for more central control and less accountability, for trusts to run more like and with private businesses seeking profits, and to raise money by undermining the principles and values of the NHS.

There is no reason to believe this plan, with even less local accountability and no serious plans for public consultation, will prove any more acceptable to the public or successful in implementation than the secretive STPs in 2016 or other previous failed efforts.

Campaigners have yet to see anything to recommend the new plans, or any indication NHS England is willing to come to grips with the crisis fuelled by chronic austerity limits on funding – or demand an end to chaos and fragmentation of the Health & Social Care Act.”

Kailesh Chand (GP; BMA)

Continuation of the NHS 2000 modernisation plan of the Tony Blair government. The end game is one where ‘NHS’ will simply be a ‘kitemark’ attached to institutions and activities of a system of private providers.

The whole of England is to be covered by integrated care systems (ICSs) in just over two years, with ICSs ‘central to delivery of the long-term plan’ which is essentially a market model of health care that can be taken over by the likes of Virgin and United Health.

ICSs and their focus on population health are seen as central to the plan: ‘triple integration’ – of primary and specialist care, physical and mental health services and social care. The private sector will be licking its lips at the prospect.

£20.5 billion funding will barely make up for eight years of austerity that have crippled the NHS and social care and undermined public health. The gap between policy rhetoric and supply has never been starker.

There is nothing in the plan’s outlined aspirations – keeping people out of hospital, caring for the vulnerable in the community, earlier diagnosis of treatable disease – that any right minded person wouldn’t want to do or make happen. The question is how are we going to meet the challenge? Where will the money and the personnel come from?

Analysis by the King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust suggests the health service could be short of more than 350,000 staff if it continues to lose employees and cannot attract enough from abroad.

Fight the freeze, meetings this winter, Leeds Summat and LGI lobby

Latest minutes

If any of you can brave the cold we would love some support for a Leeds KONP stall this Saturday 19th from 11-12.15ish on Commercial St near Accessorize, just along from Boots.

We may have a few tunes to keep us warm!

We are  planning to have a couple of workshops at “Leeds Summat” on March 9th
We thought we would show the Kirkstall museum film and have some discussion  but focus on practical activities like making placards for the demo, making up chants, even singing  to try to encourage the involvement of new and maybe even younger people !  Space 2 are also collecting stories about the NHS for their NHS 70th project as well as making a banner.

 

We are  thinking about calling another one of our lobby/ events outside LGI ( by the A&E roundabout ) to combine highlighting the  lack of staff and beds in the hospital with thanking staff for the brilliant job they do despite being 110,000 short and putting across some clear messages re the inadequacy and spin in the 10 year plan.

Spread the word about our annual Yorkshire Health Campaigns  Together demonstration and rally on Saturday 30th March. Assemble 11.30 outside Leeds Art Gallery. It gets a little mention in the latest Health Campaigns Together  newspaper which you can download from the website https://www.healthcampaignstogether.com/ .

And if you fancy sitting in the public gallery of a few meetings these are coming up :

  • Wed Jan 30th 2-5, Leeds CCG in Pudsey Civic Hall
  • Mon 11th Feb 10.30am Joint Scrutiny Board West Yorks & Harrogate, venue tbc Halifax Town Hall
  • Thursday 28th Feb. 1.30 – 4pm Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board

Next Meeting of Leeds Keep Our NHS Public will be on Wed 23rd Feb 6.30 – 8pm in the Victoria Hotel. We will be setting aside 30/40 mins to talk about what we want the NHS to look like ! Hope to see a good crowd there !

Join us at Health Campaigns Together Yorkshire conference 15th October #Leeds

Brexit promised £350m a week, deliberate underfunding is destroying your valued NHS services. Join us to find out more about what is happening in Yorkshire and what you can do about it. Patients and staff united to support our national treasure – our NHS.

Conference Agenda
10.15 Registration and refreshments
10.45 Dr David Wrigley on ‘What’s happening to our NHS?’ plus an update from a junior doctor
11. 30 Workshops on
– Sustainability and Transformation Plans (Slash and Trash Plans?) implications, cuts etc
– Mental Health Services – or lack of them !
12.30 Lunch ( small cost)
1.15 Brief summary of morning workshops then
John Lister on the fightback
2.00 Workshops on
– Influencing politicians to pursue the re-nationalisation of the NHS and funding
– Influencing CCGs, Trusts, Local Councils etc
– Upping our game in raising public awareness and galvanising people power
3.00 Tea/ coffee etc
3.15 – 4 Closing session : Working together to win !
Booking not essential but to guarantee your place and help us manage numbers and food, please e mail leedskonp@yahoo.co.uk or T. 0113 2622800

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