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

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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 .

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 !


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.

Finding out more about Leeds councillors and MPs

One of the things Sally Ruane mentioned was to get to know your local councillors. Some members of Leeds KONP and Hospital Alert have met and/or worked with local councillors and we’re looking for ways to share information online. Full list of twitter accounts for local EuroMPs, MPs and Councillors found so far, below. The attached shows which areas the councillors are in and in some cases their responsibilities. The next step will be to put them on a map by location and add some of this information. Another option for mapping to find out more about councillors was to use Mentionmapp which shows recent connections and interests.

Some examples:

It gives something of an idea for when we might want to meet with them to get an idea of connections from twitter.

Twitter accounts: