Northern Health Campaigns Together Conference flier and latest actions

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Coming up

Sat. May 4th TUC Mayday march 11.30 at Art Gallery – need people to carry KONP banner, placards etc and give out fliers.

Wed May 8th 6.30 in the Vic : Leeds KONP discussion on Labour with Councillor Paul Trusswell – need to advertise and draw others in.

Sat. May 18th Banners held High Wakefield : parade, film, talks, theatre, stalls . Assemble 11am at Smyth Street, WF1 1ED near Westgate Train Station The theme this year is “A Land Fit For Heroes? “ in the aftermath of World War One so very relevant to us. The PCS Samba band will be there !

Sat 1st June and maybe also Sat 8th June : Leeds KONP stall – time and venues to be posted

Sat 15th June KONP AGM in London

Sat 29th June Northern Health Campaigns Together Conference at St. George’s Centre next to LGI ( see early bird flier attached )

NHS 71st birthday events ( on or around 5th July ) Ideas welcome; details to be decided.

Sat 13th July : Kirkstall Festival – looking at running a stall with support from Leeds Hospital Alert 11 – 4ish

Date of Next Meeting Wed. May 8th discussion on Labour policy and practice and how we can influence it from inside and outside the party. 6.30 -8pm in the Victoria Hotel, immediately behind Leeds Town Hall


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.

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 (…/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:

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

Minutes from last meeting



Junior docs contract dispute

Junior docs due to ballot on the latest offer at the end of June – result 6th July BMA organising road shows early June. There’s already much dissatisfaction re the significant shortfalls in the offer but not sure whether there is sufficient appetite for escalating action. At least one court case is ongoing and the outcome of the challenge re inequality for women might have an impact. Christine noted that GPs and Consultants are hard on the heels of the junior docs in autumn re their contracts.

Sustainability and Transformation 5 year plans to reconfigure services and cut the deficit

All new footprints ( ours West Yorks) have to submit their plans to NHS England by 30th June. Consultation has been virtually non existent. Simon Stevens has asked the Footprints to leave consultation until after they have received and examined the plans ie expect consultation after the fact and in August !! Please sign the petition insisting on consultation re STPs and raise questions at all the CCG meetings

STP Questions asked at Leeds North CCG

Concerns re Sustainability and Transformation Plans – for Leeds North CCG 5.16

1 That CCGs are being forced to try to make unrealistic cost savings by a Government that has driven down the % of GDP we send on health to near the bottom in Europe – just over 8% while France Germany and the Netherlands are all near 11%. The CCG shouldn’t be colluding with the devastation of our health service. and acting as puppets on a string.

2. It is clear that the footprints are a desperate attempt to create a fast route to closing A and Es and hospital beds. This is a heavy handed top down taking of control by a Govt. who said in 2011/12 that it was introducing the Health and Social Care Act to disperse power over planning to local GPs. Now they are panicking about a 2.5 bn deficit we are back to top down control with menace ! The S&TPs feel a bit like Stalin or Mao’s 5 year plans!

3. The plans have not been tried and tested over time. Not only is there concern re the lack of independent evaluation of the recent Vanguards , what evidence there is suggests that improvements in community care ( and these are likely to be pretty limited in the current financial situation ) don’t necessarily have a huge impact on the need for hospital care and what impact there might be will manifest over time, not magic right by 2020.

4. Health bodies smarting at the Hobsons choice they / you have been given will say that at least we will get extra money if we do what we have been told. However Chris Ham from the Kings Fund suggests the most of the front loading of the £8bn promised will be swallowed up paying off deficits not creating new services and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy ( Cipfa) , not noted for being left wing, suggests that the shortfall in NHS spending is likely to grow by £10bn by 2020 and the 5 year forward view on which these STPs are meant to be based has already floundered.

5. One of the positive aspects of the footprints which is closer working together between Health and Social care should flash red warning lights as Social Care has been seriously degraded and largely privatised with LA budgets almost halved so the NHS is not integrating up , it is integrating down and will find itself neatly aligned with a service that already has means testing and charging at its heart. Just in the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk on the radio and in the press re charging and rationing as the Govt try to convince people we can’t a afford a decent, public health care system.

6. Care in the Community without proper funding is likely to put more pressure on families looking after their own with little help, which is most likely to mean increased burdens on women who probably form the biggest army of carers .This is quite apart from Agenda for Change pushing tasks down the chain and hoping for a barefoot army of volunteers to provide Custer’s last stand.

7. And how much do the public know about these changes or longer term vision for the CCGs to morph into Accountable Care Organisations like the Health Maintenance Organisations in the USA. Nothing I would suggest .


As I feel that the best hope for the NHS and quality patient care is that the public do understand what is happening, don’t like it and demand a change in the Government and society’s priorities to put health care pretty much top of the agenda, along with food in bellies and roofs over heads, I would like to know

  1. What the CCG is going to do about informing the public and seeing them as allies and not potential irritants to be kept quiet and


  1. What if anything this CCG is doing with other bodies like the H and WB Boards to tell it as it is and contest directives from NHS England and the Dept. of health, insisting on appropriate funding for the NHS before the NHs as we know it becomes little more than a rump service for the poor and most vulnerable. Some of the Hospital Trusts are now speaking out. Where are the CCGs?

Bootham Park and mental health services in York.

We went to the march in York on 12th June which had about 150 users and supporters of the mental health service. People are still being sent to Teesside for treatment and a large number of different sites are being explored for a new hospital unit.

We noted that we should give mental health a higher profile in our campaigning in Leeds.

Planned protest / stall outside Boots on Commercial St. Sat 4th June 2 – 3.30

John Puntis has put together an excellent piece on Boots drawing from the Guardian articles and sent it round staff at LTHT.

4th June is also the day for the Bursary or Bust demo in London so we will be collecting signatures supporting the nurses and other health workers who face loss of their bursaries

KONP at Triathalon Sunday 12th June

Agreed we aim for late morning on Sunday 12th ( poss 11-12. 30ish outside Brotherton Wing entrance of LGI when Millennium Square should be particularly busy

Public meeting with John Lister Wed 22nd June 7-9pm

Steady response to the facebook event invite. York Defend our NHS have said that some people from the mental health/ Bootham Park demo on 13th June have shown interest.

NHS Birthday

Tuesday 5th July

We have suggested to KONP that we try to highlight privatisation through protests outside private providers as well as doing any flag/ flower day / celebratory activities that week. Discussed a few possible targets for 4/4.30 – 6pm event on 5th . This likely to be discussed at KONP national Steering Group on Sat 11th June

There are now NO NHS dentists in Dewsbury !!

Possible Health Campaigns Together Conference in the autumn

Agreed we should offer a conference in Leeds. Adrian O’Malley’s mid Yorks Unison branch have offered to donate around £200 towards a venue. We though October good, avoiding school hols.

Next Leeds KONP Meeting Wednesday 8th June 6.30pm in O’Neill’s

Leeds KONP news and events – January

Leeds KONP supported junior doctors across Leeds and will continue to do so with any future industrial action. We had good presence at LGI with substantial help from excellent Leeds Hospital Alert members. Others supported Jimmys and Pinderfields. Leeds KONP will continue to support action against any other threats to healthcare staff including nurses, student nurses & AHPs, GPs.


  • 2-4pm, NHS campaigns Yorkshire regional meeting – Unison regional office, Leeds
  • 5.30-7pm practice session for our flashmob choir, Quaker Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds


  • 1pm Huddersfield & Calderdale A&E demo, St George’s Square, Huddersfield
  • 2-3.30pm stall outside Boots, Commercial St


  • 2pm, NHS Leeds West CCG Public Governing Body meeting, Fulneck Room at Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawson’s Corner, Pudsey, LS28 5TA
  • 7pm Huddersfield & Calderdale A&E, Methodist Mission, Lords St, Huddersfield

29th – 10.30am Calderdale & Kirklees Joint Scrutiny committee meeting Huddersfield, Council chamber, town hall

30th – Health Campaigns Together national meeting, London – 4 x Leeds KONP attending


5th – closing date for contributions to Leeds Health & Wellbeing strategy

1oth –  6.30pm Leeds KONP meeting, O’Neills, Great George St behind Town Hall, Leeds

12th – 7.30pm Privatisation – this is the big one – Priory Street Centre, York, YO1 6ET,  Speakers:

  • Dr. Clive Peedell Specialising in clinical oncology. Co-leader & co-founder of the National Health Action Party
  • Prof. David Hunter Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University
  • Rachael Maskell MP. Labour MP for York Central, speaking out for the National Health Service

24th –  6.30pm Leeds KONP meeting, O’Neills, Great George St behind Town Hall, Leeds

NHS Leeds news

Public sector cuts.These  were put before LCC Exec last week.

Future cuts to public health spending report

Yorks Commissioning Support Unit bid has been won by a private consortium calling themselves eMBED comprising Kier, who have done health care development projects, Dr. Foster, who provide variation analysis and benchmarking solutions , BDo who do service redesign and Engine who do communications. The official spiel says that the Consortium will provide Business intelligence, IT services , corporate governance, and public/ patient engagement support., HR, procurement and service redesign to the 23 Clinical Commissioning Units in our region. They take over in March 16.

LGI redevelopment plans. The plan is to create more and better facilities on LGI site but sell off parts of the listed building and some other space to help fund it.

NHS national news

Government ignored and buried minimum safe staffing guidelines – non HSJ subscribers can also view full details

NHS Commission – on 6th Jan Lib Dem Norman Lamb asked Parliament for leave to bring in a Bill to establish a Cross Party Commission to examine the future of the NHS and Social Care system. The Bill is backed by a number of Lib Dems, Tory Philip Lee who has hard right view on charges, right wing labourite Alan Lewis, former Conservative Health Sec, Stephen Dorrell and former Labour Health Sec, Alan Milburn. Dorrell has described this as “a new Beveridge report” with the most pressing need being “to establish new funding and management structures that ensure joined up and tailored care” ( sounds like charges !) Lamb said the Commission would engage public and staff , suggesting involvement of “NHS Survival” and “Care England” which represents social care providers. The next reading of this Bill is scheduled for 11th March, the same day as the NHS Bill so likely to crowd out discussion of the NHS Bill.

What the hell is happening in Halifax?

The People’s Commission in Calderdale has never been a People’s Commission, it was proposed by People then they were moved out of the way to allow management consultants and private healthcare providers to destroy NHS hospitals in favour of so-called ‘care at home’ despite the lack of evidence that it will work, despite the total disregard for people’s views (the few who actually knew a People’s Commission existed).

This is appalling

Sign the Petition to stop Leeds Hospitals being closed undemocractically

Please sign the petition to stop Clause 118

Despite opposition from doctors, the British Medical Association and charities, the government is trying to rush through
changes to make it far easier to close hospitals without proper consultation.

If one hospital – even outside Leeds – has a review from CQC (e.g. this March) or other entity that considers its fate, other popular
and well-run hospitals in our area could be downgraded or shut down to balance the books, under the proposed new rules.

Recently a court ruling stopped Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt from closing Accident and Emergency and Maternity services at popular Lewisham Hospital in London. He used public money to take the well performing Lewisham to court and then used public money again for the appeal. He failed the appeal which was thrown out by the judge in 10 minutes and has now undemocratically attached a clause to a Care bill that was never designed for that purpose.

The government wants to remove the law that protected Lewisham and would protect other hospitals. If Clause 118 of the Care Bill, dubbed the ‘hospital closure clause’ becomes law in February, the fate of hospitals across the country could be taken out of our hands. We already know that the government is quietly reviewing the future of half the hospitals in the country.

If our hospital was threatened, this new law would give local people, doctors, and councillors little or no say in what happened to it. That’s an awful prospect.

The Royal College of Physicians has said that “handing powers to special administrators to make decisions about neighboring trusts is cause for concern.”

The UK already has fewer hospital beds than most developed countries. The British Medical Association opposes the hospital closure clause, saying it would allow the Health Secretary to “force changes through the back door”.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, Professor Allyson Pollock says that the clause will “undermine equal access to care in England” and removes “checks and balances designed to ensure that changes are in the interests of the communities affected” with centrally-appointed decision makers only having to think about money.

Public outcry now could force the government to change the worst aspects of the Bill – including the hospital closure clause – in its final stages early this year.

Will all of Leeds MPs press to get the Bill amended, and the hospital closure clause dropped,  will they help secure the future of Leeds hospital services in a democratic manner that supports local decision making?

Since 2012 the Health Secretary no longer has a duty to secure a comprehensive health service, but he wants more power to impose fast-track hospital closures with no reference to the views of local people. What happened to ‘no decision about me without me’?

Molloy C (2013), Hospital Closure Clause Battle Heats up today, OpenDemocracy, available at