Background Material

Our background material is concise, well informed and much of it is in a printable form. Please use freely. It is divided into categories:

  • Campaigning – hints on how to get started, and keep going.
  • NHS Sustainability Committee – evidence submitted to the Lords' committee on the NHS.
  • 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?
  • Trade agreements and the NHS –  what will these 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: or tel: 07497 434630.



What's wrong with the NHS? – Brilliant summary short briefing by Patients for the NHS.

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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NHS Sustainability Committee

Links to all evidence.

From national KONP (with thanks to KONP President, Professor Wendy Savage).

From Oxfordshire KONP.

From the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI).

From Doctors for the NHS.

From the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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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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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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NHS underfunding - the Mythbuster – by Sally Ruane from Leicester Campaign Against NHS Privatisation (Word).

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

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

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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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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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Trade agreements and the NHS

KONP's position paper on CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) – compiled by KONP's Trade Agreement Sub-group.

Updated CETA Factsheet – what is CETA and how does it affect the NHS.

The KONP Trade agreement subgroup has written the following submissions to the International Trade Committee:

We have also created a document to show how Brexit will impact trade deals and the NHS.

The latest update on CETA can be found here.

[ NB All links in this section are to Word documents. ]

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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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