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

2018 – We are asking Leeds Council

We recently held discussions with councillors and the LA re the Leeds Health and Care Plan and West Yorks and Harrogate STP.

We had a response to a letter to the Pudsey councillors re the Outer West Community Committee. We had a meeting to share concerns with Rebecca Charlwood, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing  Board, Helen Haydon, Head of adults and Health Scrutiny Board, Paul Bollom and Tony Cooke from the LA who are responsible for System Integration and presented our list of Health & Social Care plan ASKS:

1. Insist on figures and evidence – where are the “savings” coming from , what is going to go and with what impact on whom.

2. With the public – TELL NOT SELL and be pro-active.

3. Don’t agree to Sustainability and Transformation Plans that involve cuts and closures of services in other areas. Leeds shouldn’t collude in plans for downgrading or closing services elsewhere, comfortable in the knowledge that Leeds may well profit from others’ loss.  

We should insist changes are clinically not financially driven, based on sound evidence and subject to proper consultation with the affected populations.

4. Resist the setting up of Accountable Care Systems/Organisations, which have no legal status, no proper governance, no mandate from the public or Parliament and carry major risks of fragmenting health care and eroding the NHS. There is plenty of scope for developing more  seamless and integrated care, better prevention of illness, promotion of wellbeing etc without ACOs

5. Don’t give contracts to private firms and don’t set up Special Purpose Vehicles or pursue other “in house” outsourcing as is happening throughout Yorkshire with Facilities and other non- clinical, hospital staff.

Privatisation of health and social care is wrong, unnecessary, wasteful and creates massive instability. (just look at Wakefield’s Academies!)

6. Be very wary of Naylor report/ Phoenix project plans to sell off NHS estate. It is one off fundraiser and there is no guarantee that monies raised will be ploughed back into local health services. With the NHS in dire straits financially, monies can just be sucked up to cover deficits. There is also pressure and incentives to make quick sales, which may not be the best deal, to vacate buildings which have a high sales value regardless of whether the building is needed and to use PFI to bring buildings up to a reasonable standard to put on the market  

7. Join up and stand firm with other Councils to tell the Government Rumpelstiltskin isn’t real!  You can’t knit good health and social care out of split hairs.