KONP Annual Meeting and AGM 2019

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KONP’s next Annual Meeting for members will take place on Saturday 15 June at the London Regional Office of Unite the Union, at 33-37 Moreland St, EC1V 8BB in Central London (nearest tube is Angel).

We are looking forward to sessions with an overview on NHS privatisation; what kind of NHS services we want when we own the term integration; presentations and discussion on the serious impact of the Hostile Environment in the NHS; and throughout the day considering how we in KONP and Health Campaigns Together can work successfully with other organisations and campaigns with overlapping aims.

Registration: We are asking everyone who plans on attending to please fill out this online registration form in advance, which only takes a few seconds.

A registration fee applies of £5 (unwaged / low pension) or £15 (waged / good pension). There are two ways of paying this: online in advance, using a link that is included in the registration form linked above, or in cash on the door. (We may be able to take card payments on the door but we cannot guarantee this.)

To attend the AGM, you need to be a registered KONP member and up-to-date with your subscription payments. If you know you are not currently registered as a member and up-to-date with subs, you can join easily by using this link. If you are not sure whether you are currently a registered member or not, contact Max at [email protected] to clarify.

Deadlines for motions

Members are very much encouraged to submit motions and discussion papers.
The deadline for sending in motions is the end of Wednesday 5 June.

We will assemble these into a provisional agenda document and circulate this by the end of Friday 7 June.

It will then be possible to submit amendments to motions until the end of Wednesday 12 June. This is also the deadline for discussion papers that do not require a vote or a scheduled discussion.

We look forward to the usual range of excellent contributions from members, and hope to see as many of you as possible there on the day!

You can download the full conference pack here



09:30 – Registration

10:30 – 11:45 – Welcome & Annual General Meeting (AGM) – motions, elections and officers’ reports.

11.45 – 12.45 – Privatisation (With John Lister and Cat Hobbs)

12:45 – 13:45 – Lunch

13:45 – 14:30 – Integration? – What kind of NHS services do we want? (With Helen Salisbury)

14:30 – 15:30 –  Hostile environment in the NHS: migrant charges (with James Skinner and Sophie Williams)



John Lister (Co-chair of KONP, Editor of Health Campaigns Together). John Lister of London Health Emergency, which he founded in 1984, is a writer and academic who has campaigned against NHS cutbacks and privatisation for over 30 years. He has taught journalism and health policy at Coventry University, is a founder member of Keep Our NHS Public, and was board member of International Association of Health Policy.


Cat Hobbs, Founder and Director of We Own It. Cat launched it in the UK in 2013. We Own It is a voice for public ownership across public services, from railways to water, from council services to the NHS. The organisation has won victories, helping to stop the privatisation of the Land Registry and NHS Professionals, and campaigning successfully to bring the probation service and the East Coast railway line into public ownership. Cat has appeared on Radio 4, BBC News, Sky News and in the Mirror, the Guardian and the FT. We Own It’s latest report ‘When We Own It‘ puts forward a model for public ownership in the 21st century.  Here’s the story behind why she set up We Own It.


Dr Helen Salisbury, Oxford GP; columnist for the BMJ (British Medical Journal). Helen is a GP in Oxford where she also teaches medical students and trains junior doctors. She has twice been a parliamentary candidate for the National Health Action Party and serves on their National Executive Committee. She writes a weekly column for the British Medical Journal and also answers readers’ medical queries for a women’s magazine. She is particularly concerned about continuity of care within General Practice and its importance for patients and doctors.


James Skinner (Medact). James is a Nurse and campaigner who works alongside Docs Not Cops and Migrants Organise on the Patients Not Passports campaign calling for an end to charging for the NHS. Before that he worked in A&E and spent many years working on community-led planning in North London.



Dr Sophie Williams (Docs Not Cops). Sophie is a doctor practising in London and a campaigner against racism and xenophobia in the NHS.


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