Background Material

"Let knowledge grow from more to more"

– Alfred Lord Tennyson

Our background material is concise, well informed and much of it is in a printable form.  National and local. We update and add to it all the time, so this is a working resource – please use freely.  It is divided into categories:

  • Campaigning – hints on how to get started, and keep going.
  • Keep Our NHS Public – more on what what we do and stand for, plus a collection of excellent local resources produced by and for our local groups (arranged alphabetically).
  • Privatisation – concise summaries of the major points and battles.
  • Funding – how privatisation is reflected in the way your money is spent, and the plans being made.
  • PFI (Private Finance Initiative) – how this application of market ideals weakens the NHS.
  • Devolution – local authorities scramble to take over health budgets: but at what cost to all of us?
  • TTIP –  what will this mean for the NHS? And how to stop it.
  • Ageing and the NHS – the old are not a burden, and privatisation is not "the answer".

All of the material here can be copied and distributed freely. Let us know what you think: nationaladmin@keepournhspublic.com or tel: 07497 434630.

Campaigning

KONP introduction for campaigners – does what it says (PDF)

TUC Guide to Campaigners on the NHS – crammed full of tips, including how to engage with the media

CCGs: Following the money – what CCGs are and how to carry the fight to them (PDF)

More about the purse holders: CCGs – from the OurNHS website

Health & Wellbeing Boards – what use they are, and are not (PDF)

Local councillors: what they can do – with devolution now pressing ahead, the fight will shift even more to local authorities. This explains how sympathetic councillors can try to stop privatisation (PDF)

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Keep Our NHS Public

Our leaflet – a three-fold leaflet ideal for handing out. You can order these via the Products & Resources page (PDF)

Our aims – in full, as a PDF

Our statement of support – as a PDF. You can sign up to this on the Show your support page.

Local group resources

  • London, Hackney – excellent leaflets on the NHS Bill. As a Word or PDF version.
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Privatisation

Overview – the key consequences of privatisation. From the NHS Support Federation site

Myth busting – Keep Our NHS Oxfordshire's own booklet on the principal myths and how to break them

Myth busting – A Red Pepper article by Dr Jacky Davis, co-author of NHS For Sale (available from our Books page)

Outsourcing – how private companies cut corners and cannot offer the same service as the NHS. From the NHS Support Federation

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Funding

Personal health budgets – fast becoming a reality, KONP's guide explains PHB's true purpose (PDF)

More about the purse holders: CCGs – from the OurNHS website

Spending on private providers – at a glance. From the NHS Support Federation.

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PFI

PFI swindle – puts it in a nutshell. Unlike PFI deals themselves. From the NHS Support Federation

The reality of PFIs – an Independent article describing how the public keep all the risk in this flawed and costly scheme

Seven things you should know about PFI – from the OurNHS site

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Devolution

Devolution: lessons to learn Guardian article explaining the steps needed if devolution (awarding of health budgets to local authority conglomerates – Greater Manchester was the first) is not to mean more privatisation and cuts for local health services

Local councillors: what they can do – with healthcare 'devolution'  now pressing ahead, the fight will shift even more to local authorities. This explains how sympathetic councillors can try to stop privatisation which will make devolution a massive failure for local people (PDF)

'Devo-Manc' – a summary from the King's Fund on the 'Memorandum of understanding' that gave Greater Manchester control over its own health budget. Though optimistic, it admits there are going to be major problems if this is allowed to happen with privatisation and lack of funds as the backdrop: which is what is actually happening. It ain't what they do, it's the way that they do it...

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TTIP

Guide to TTIP and other free trade agreements – from Keep Our NHS Public's Greenwich group (PDF)

Guide to free trade agreements and the NHS – from the group Patients4theNHS

TTIP summary – our own short guide (PDF)

TTIP: Why you should be worried – Article from the Guardian, August 2015

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Ageing and the NHS

The Myth of the Ageing Population – this leaflet, produced by the NHS Reinstatement Bill Campaign, explores the current use of 'ageing' as a way of justifying privatising healthcare (PDF)

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