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.

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Govt is trying to shred the NHS, here’s how you can help stop it

Join us in August – October, details below

Yorkshire “Health Campaigns Together” Conference in Leeds on Saturday October 15th from 11-4pm.  St. George’s Conference  Centre on Great George St. next to the LGI.

Coming up soon:

Wed. 17th Aug. 6.30- 8pm  Leeds KONP meets in O’Neill’s pub , Great George St. 

Wed 7th Sept.  6.30 -8pm   O’Neills,  HCT Conference planning with other regional activists

Sat 17th September    National Health Campaigns  Together Conference on Challenging the Sustainability and Transformation Plans in Birmingham  11-4pm Carrs Lane Conference Centre,  B4 7SX (opposite Moor St Station). To book  visit http://www.healthcampaignstogether.com/

19th & 20th September     Judicial Review re imposition of the junior doctor’s new contract at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London. This will be held in public and there will be a gathering  outside.

Saturday 24th September       KONP stall. & Gig Up Our  NHS with bands in the Square. 

Wed 28th Sept. 6.30 -8    Leeds KONP in O’Neill’s pub

Sunday 2nd October    Protest at the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham

Sat October 8th    KONP stall/ event tbc

Requests for support : 

Dewsbury campaigners have a petition re saving services at Dewsbury Hospital https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-all-servces-at-dewsbury-district-hospital/

KONP is crowd funding to  employ a researcher to investigate  issues new NHS developments such as STPs, submit FOIs, share results widely etc.  If you can help, please contact http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/keepournhspublic

Jeremy Hunt must be held to account – drop the imposution

Leeds Junior Doctors began an indefinite protest outside the NHS headquarters in Leeds this week. They are determined that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt be held to account for his appalling changes to their contracts making them unsafe for patients and unfair and for women in junior doctors in particular.

The BMA has indicated it’s willingness to call off strike action set for the 26th and 27th of April next week if Hu
nt enters into meaningful negotiations and ensure that proper funding and training is put in place to achieve to ensure that the NHS meets the needs of patients.

The empty chair is a symbol of Hunt’s inability to meet and discuss with health professionals and his reckless attitude towards both medical professionals and patients and their families.

It is important that people visit picket lines and get maximum support for the junior doctors next week.

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We’re not stopping in our fight to stop the privatisation of the NHS and there’s no reason for you to either!

Join us tomorrow and onwards:

Tomorrow 19th March 11.30 -1pm KONP stall in Headingley outside Sainsbury’s

Wed 23rd March  6.30 – 8pm . Leeds Keep Our NHS Public meeting – all welcome 6.30 – 8pm in O’Neill’s pub, Great George St.

Saturday 2nd April 2pm KONP stall outside Boots in the City Centre ( Commercial St. / corner of Trinity)

Wed 6th and Thursday 7th April from 8.15am support junior docs picket lines at LGI and Jimmys – more details to follow soon

Friday 8th April flashmob  choir practice:   5.30 until 6.45 at The Quaker Meeting House on Woodhouse Lane but might move and morph into a more general get together with some discussion and music.

Wed. 13th April 6.30 -8pm  Leeds Keep Our NHS Public meeting – all welcome 6.30 – 8pm in O’Neill’s pub, Great George St.

Sat 16th April assembling 11.30 outsisde Leeds Art Gallery. Yorkshire March for the NHS

 

Leeds KONP meeting tmrw O’Neills, 6.30pm

You are  warmly welcome at our next meeting of Leeds Keep Our NHS  Public tomorrow 6.30-8pm at O’Neill’s pub, Great George Street, directly opposite the back of the Town Hall. We should be in the side room on the left and if anyone is able to get into town early,  I would be very glad of any support giving out  the attached leaflet outside Brotherton Wing of the LGI ( opposite Millennium Square)  from 5.45pm

Flashmob choir practice with experienced choir leader and composer, Frances Bernstein this Friday 20th  6-7.30pm at the Quaker meeting House on Woodhouse Lane – see 9.   This is only our second session and  no singing experience is necessary. Most  of us are new starters but were amazed how much we enjoyed it last time.  Please bring friends!

Draft Agenda for Leeds KONP meeting , Wed 18.11

 

  1. NHS News: National Developments
  2. Local News and updates,
  3. Feedback from the Regional Network meeting 13.11 and discussion re joint campaigning across the Region
  4. Feedback re stall alongside a “Meet the Doctors Event” last Sunday and ideas for further action to support the docs and all health workers.
  5. Possible collective response to NHS England’s invitation to participate in consultation on their mandate.  public consultation on the mandate to NHS England for 2016/17. Deadline 23.11.  The mandate is supposed to set the Government’s objectives for NHS England, as well as its budget  and to “be finalised in light of responses, and the outcome of the Government’s Spending Review, ahead of publication in December 2015”.
  1. Stalls
  1. Public Meeting end Jan/ early Feb
  2. Keep Our NHS Public brief  feedback re national developments and collective completion of a group ballot paper for 3 officer posts ( 2 co- chairs and a Secretary)  and 6 ordinary Executive members.
  3. AOB

Dr John Puntis at Leeds Medsin

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Dr John Puntis of Leeds KONP, patiently explained the history of NHS privatisation and the ideologies driving it, to 60 medical and care students at Leeds Medsin.

The students are concerned about what they will face in the future and Dr Puntis didn’t hold back from painting a picture of how we could be back to the awful pre NHS era.

However he also cheered them all up the end, presenting ideas and leading discussion about what can be done. Each of the political parties are using the NHS again in their campaigns and the students could see how they can talk with politicians, presenting evidence based arguments.