Vote to save the NHS – support the NHS Roadshow – #voteNHS

The NHS Roadshow was launched on Saturday 13 May in Central Croydon (see photos) and events are organised being notified up and down the land. We are urging all who care about the NHS to ‘Vote NHS’ in this election – to target your vote as best you can to avoid another 5 years of Conservative Government at the General Election on 8 June.

The Roadshow is organised by NHS doctors, nurses and campaigners working with Health Campaigns Together, Keep Our NHS Public and The People’s Assembly.

The initiative follows the success of the 4th March demonstration – the biggest NHS demonstration in history.

What is our aim? – We need a strong and stable NHS – not the Conservatives. They have destabilised the very foundations of the NHS over the last 7 years. They’ve drastically weakened standards of delivery of the NHS. The Tories are not working for the NHS – we are urging all who care about the NHS to Vote NHS in this election.

A Conservative Party win on 8 June will signal the destruction of universal and public healthcare. Since 2010 they have fragmented, defunded and diminished our NHS which is in crisis. Our aim is to highlight the destructive policies that have threatened the NHS and to end Conservative government or at least minimise the Tory majority. We are not partisan: events will target marginal seats across the UK where we hope for the biggest impact on the outcome of the election.

We are helping to co-ordinate a series of public events across the nation, led by local NHS workers and campaigners, and highlighting the destructive policies that have done so much harm to the NHS. 400 dedicated NHS staff and campaigners are signed up ready to help the Roadshow.

The NHS Roadshow team has put together a “Roadshow pack” to arm the NHS activists who have signed up to our Roadshow with material, facts and figures, and resources to put on events to inform the public about NHS issues.

We would like to link up active, experienced and knowledgeable people and groups like yours to help launch and make these events as successful as possible. Invite local MPs, councillors and local NHS decision makers to let them get as much exposure as possible. Ask them to sign the Health Campaigns Together petition. We will support these initiatives and can attend selected events to help make these as high impact as we can.

Contact the NHS Roadshow Team and we will connect you with our NHS activists.

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Map of Roadshow events
Excellent video explaining the NHS in Crisis: A visual essay by juniordoctorblog

Press release: Proper NHS funding will be great but not enough

[Monday 15 May 2017]

Unless privatisation is also stopped, money alone will never fix the NHS

Keep Our NHS Public has welcomed Labour’s announcement that it will restore NHS funding to where it should be if it gets into power, and overturn years of systematic under-funding by the Tory government and its predecessor. But that’s only part of it.

Read more Press release: Proper NHS funding will be great but not enough

Press release: Vote on the NHS not Brexit

[Wednesday 3 May 2017]

Stop real queues at A&E, don’t vote on mythical queues at Dover

The future of the NHS and how a future government would re-build it should be a central electoral issue and be followed by open and full public consultation – Brexit should not determine how people are going to vote, says Keep Our NHS Public.

Read more Press release: Vote on the NHS not Brexit

KONP Newsflash – April 2017

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National KONP News

The General Election

Theresa May has called a General Election for 8 June. Her intention is to gain a huge majority by making Brexit the overwhelming election issue, and to avoid the issues so important for Britain, including the attacks on public services. KONP, Health Campaigns Together and our allies, including People’s Assembly will ensure that the NHS is a key feature of the election campaign.

KONP believes that the NHS is in mortal danger under a Conservative Government. Under the current Health Secretary, NHS and Social Care budgets have been cut; there has been a concerted shift to privatise the NHS; bursaries for trainee nurses have been cut; and unfair-unsafe contracts have been imposed on Junior Doctors. 9,000 hospital beds have been closed since 2010; 24,000 nurse vacancies exist and trainee applications have fallen; waiting times for A&E 4-hour treatment target, cancer, outpatient and elective surgery are all rapidly getting worse. And if the current government stay in power the situation will deteriorate further. Now, more than ever, NHS campaigning groups must come together to fight against the threat this Tory Government pose to our NHS. We are supporting the NHS Roadshow and a call to vote to save the NHS.

Read more KONP Newsflash – April 2017

Press Release: Ambulance ‘drive-bys’ soar as A&Es buckle

[Thursday 6 April; embargoed until 7 April]


Keep Our NHS Public is calling for the government to reverse the appalling cuts in funding to the NHS in the light of new information which shows a calamitous rise in the numbers of ambulances forced to ‘divert’ past their nearest A&E because it cannot cope with the demand.

The shocking figures [1] show that the number of ambulance ‘diverts’ (where ambulances are instructed not to go to an A&E because it cannot take any more patients) has rocketed to almost double over the last winter.

Read more Press Release: Ambulance ‘drive-bys’ soar as A&Es buckle

Press summary 4 April

29 March

NHS terminally ill, stopping some prescriptions not the cure

Predictable call from the Telegraph for an ‘honest debate’ about NHS funding while pointing out no other country has adopted the NHS model. Attack on NHS principles.

[15 more stories]

Read more Press summary 4 April

KONP Newsflash – March 2017

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It’s Our NHS

Thank you to the 200,000+ people who joined KONP, Health Campaigns Together, campaign groups from all over England, Unite The Union, Royal College of Midwives, Unison and many other unions and tens of thousands of health workers on the 4th March to campaign against privatisation of #ourNHS

March 4th Demo
March 4th Demo
March 4th Demo


4th March demonstration for the NHS and Social Care

It was a very successful rally, called by Health Campaigns Together and The People's Assembly. Thank you to everyone who disseminated leaflets to advertise the demo, rest assured your efforts paid off!

Thanks also to those of you who handed out OurNHS leaflets and HCT newspapers on the day. Through the success of this event we hope to attract more members to KONP and affiliations to HCT and strengthen the movement year round.

KONP Co-Chair Tony O'Sullivan's speech at the demonstration can be now viewed on YouTube. Some more YouTube videos of the March can be found here and here.


Press Interest

National press interest continues to build, with enquiries coming to Alan Taman usually several times weekly now. Latest quotes were in the Independent and the Morning Star. Locally, more groups are achieving ‘hits’ with their local press. Please ask Alan for advice on how to do this, or sustain it.

4th March Press

Thanks to Ramona McCartney from The People's Assembly Against Austerity, Alan Taman from KONP and HCT and Vicky Penner from the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign for managing media and social media and press on the day. A list of media reports (compiled by Vicky) about the 4th March Demonstration can be found here.

4th March Demo
Over 200,000 people joined the march on the 4th March 2017 to protest NHS and Social Care cuts and privatisation

Looking forward to a week of action in July

After such a successful demonstration, KONP immediately called for a week of action in July. Health Campaigns Together and People’s Assembly added to this, announcing two nationally coordinated days of action. The first will be on Saturday 1st July with street parties, protests and leafleting, all depending on local circumstances. We plan one major event in central London. The second day of action marks the 69th anniversary of the NHS 5thJuly. This will involve all kinds of campaigning and – where appropriate! – celebratory events, showing our support to our NHS staff working in hospitals, mental health, ambulance, community and primary care services up and down the land. We will keep you updated with how you can get involved!

STP News

Leicester STP Report by KONP's Dr Sally Ruane

Dr Sally Ruane of Leicester KONP was interviewed by BBC about her report on the STP for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. Dr Ruane has written a comprehensive report on STP footprint 15 and outlined the concerns and threats it raises. A video of the BBC news report in which Sally is interviewed can be found on YouTube. Well done on all your efforts.

Two important reports undermine Department of Health and NHS England’s claims that they will save £22b from predicted annual funding needs of the NHS by 2020 by developing better integrated health and social care in the community over the next three years!

There have been two significant reports refuting NHS England's claim in March. One came from the National Audit Office who said:

Integrating the health and social care sectors is a significant challenge in normal times, let alone times when both sectors are under such severe pressure. So far, benefits have fallen far short of plans, despite much effort. It will be important to learn from the over-optimism of such plans when implementing the much larger NHS sustainability and transformation plans. The Departments do not yet have the evidence to show that they can deliver their commitment to integrated services by 2020, at the same time as meeting existing pressures on the health and social care systems. Amyas Morse, head of National Audit Office, 8.2.17

The other is a report by The Nuffield Trust which makes the points that whilst great community care would be wonderful if it existed;

A. it would require significant investment but there is none

B. it would take far longer than the five years (3 years now to 2020/21)


The report makes many other helpful points that support ideas KONP have had for years and can be found here.

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Healthcare professionals attended the demonstration on the 4th of March for OurNHS and Social Care.

NHS News

The Guardian reported that record numbers of EU nurses have been quitting the NHS

In the article, published on 18th March, they cite figures which show that the number of EU nationals registering as nurses since Brexit has fallen by 92%. They highlight that in December 2016 only 96 nurses joined the NHS from other European Nations, comparing this to 1,304 European recruits in July of the same year.

This government have already stopped funding bursaries for student nurses. In dissuading qualified nurses from the EU and those who wish to become registered nurses and cannot afford to train, who does the government believe will fill this gap?

Reports that Liverpool CCG bosses have received 50% pay rises was put to Theresa May at PMQ's

May responded by promising an investigation into the pay hike which Hunt has now requested of NHS England. The issue was bought to the Prime Minister's attention by Labour MP of West Lancashire, Rosie Cooper. She labelled the pay hikes 'scandalous' and made reference to the 'grotesque failings' occurring at Liverpool Community Health Trust alongside the astronomical pay increases of the CCG bosses. Proof, if you needed it, of where the CCGs' priorities lie.

The BBC reported on this story. Please get in touch with local group KONP Merseyside for specific campaigning in the Merseyside area.

European day of Action against Health Commercialisation 7th April

At 12.30 on the 7th April you can take to Twitter using the #HEALTHFORALL to add your voice to the European movement against health commercialisation. Please add some detail about what is going on here in the UK. For more information on how to get involved please watch this video.

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Health Campaigns Together News No 6 (April)

The latest issue of Health Campaigns Together News (6, April) will be out next week, 12 pages crammed full of news and advice. Orders can be made via the KONP website or via the Health Campaigns Together site. London groups can pick their copies up from the London office if they prefer. Bri will be in the office on Tuesdays and Fridays.

New Shipment of KONP Badges

We have received a bulk shipment of 'NHS not for Sale Badges'. If you'd like to stock up please visit our shop on the KONP website or you can email

Donate! - Please help our cause

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4 March NHS demo and rally London – Press coverage

Organised by Health Campaigns Together (which KONP helped to found) and the People’s Alliance, the rally and march on 4 March captured the spirit of a nation fed up with this government’s callous indifference to what was happening to the NHS – our NHS. 

Read more 4 March NHS demo and rally London – Press coverage

KONP Newsflash – February 2017

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Demonstration 12pm, 4th March, Tavistock Square – #ourNHS

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Join people from organisations all over the UK in London on 4th March to campaign for Our NHS!

Join us in marching for a publicly owned NHS and Social Care Service.

Amongst others KONP will be protesting alongside members and supporters from Health Campaigns Together, The People's Assembly Against Austerity and Unite the Union. A full list of all the Demonstration's supporters to date can be found here.

Please Tweet on the march using the handle and hashtag - @nhs_demo #ourNHS.


'Plain Bonkers' Hospital Cuts Condemned at Ealing Town Hall meeting

Councillors called for a meeting at Ealing Town Hall on Wednesday 15th February in response to the closure of A&E wards at Central Middlesex and Hammersmith Hospitals, and the closure of the maternity and children’s A&E services at Ealing Hospital.

The meeting was attended by hundreds of people, some were even turned away as the hall's 450 person capacity reached it's limit.

Speakers at the event (named 'Shaping a Healthier Future') included Ealing Council leader, Councillor Julian Bell, Hammersmith and Fulham leader, Councillor Stephen Cowan, London Assembly Member and local GP, Dr Onkar Sahota, Health Watch as well as representatives from the NHS and from the Save Our NHS campaign.

A packed evening at Ealing Town Hall
A packed evening at Ealing Town Hall where councillors discussed A&E closures and the dangerous plans of STPs in North West London

Leicester march to save Glenfield Heart Hospital 11th February

Local KONP group Campaign Against NHS Privatisation Leicester joined Save Glenfield Children's Heart Unit and other organisations in a very 2000 person strong demonstration on the 11th February.

Leicester KONP march to save Glenfield Heart Hospital
Leicester KONP March alongside others to save Glenfield Heart Hospital

North East March and Rally for the NHS 4th February 2017

Hundreds gathered in Newcastle City Centre to protest STP's in a demonstration organised by KONP North East and North East's People's assembly against austerity. The demonstration was also called to raise awareness for the national demonstration taking place in London exactly a month later.

It was a very successful day with the support of many local MPs, see 5 MPs below holding a Keep Our NHS Public banner. From Left to Right Dave Anderson MP (Blaydon), Sharon Hodgson MP (Washington and Sunderland), Mary Glindon MP (North Tyneside), Emma Lewell-Buck MP (South Shields) and Chi Onwurah MP (Newcastle Central).

A report of the days activities could be seen in the local chronicle and an independent video can be found here on Youtube.

Well done to KONP North East for joint-organising such a successful event.

North East March and Rally for the NHS 4th February 2017
L-R. Dave Anderson MP (Blaydon), Sharon Hodgson MP (Washington and Sunderland), Mary Glindon MP (North Tyneside), Emma Lewell-Buck MP (South Shields) and Chi Onwurah MP (Newcastle Central) hold a KONP North East banner in support of #ourNHS

NHS News

The I Newspaper

Some readers may have see the I's comprehensive coverage of the NHS crisis in mid February. The articles are still online and can be accessed here.

The Johnson Press Investigation Unit have been looking into the NHS and paying particular attention to STP's, closures and under-funding. The succession of articles come under the heading of the 'Great NHS Gamble'. You can find an overview of the investigation and a video interview with KONP member John Carlisle here.

There are links to specific areas of investigation at the bottom of the article.

Petition calling for The Government to revoke beside charges for patients in the NHS

Please consider signing this petition created by Dr Aislinn Mackin-Doherty, a prominent figure from the junior doctors strike.

"Our NHS is in grave danger, not because of health tourists, but because of a market system, private sector inefficiency and crippling PFI debts. Checking the identity of patients to recoup <0.5% of the budget from health tourists will be expensive and costly with minimal benefit. It will also encourage inequality of provision, poorer clinical outcomes, racial profiling and will undermine the professional duties healthcare professionals must abide by. Doctors and nurses demand this is revoked."

NHS at 'breaking point' having axed 15,000 hospital beds in the last 6 years

The majority of the UK's newspapers picked up a story last week concerning the drastic fall in the number of hospital beds in the last six years. Coverage was in The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Sun to name a few.

The shocking statistic is said to amount to a 10% fall in NHS beds and is equivalent to the closure of 24 hospitals.

Press coverage

Since the last newsletter, KONP has been in the press a lot! Local groups are becoming increasingly successful in getting into print, and nationally we have had comments in the iNews, the Morning Star, on the Victoria Derbyshire show and more. Alan Taman receives enquiries from national press every week, and journalists are increasingly turning back to KONP for advice off record as well as comment. Here is a summary of coverage in the past few weeks:


Please see our newest post on the website about STPs, with an attached document containing a comprehensive outline of what they are and how to fight them.

Fighting STPs
Comprehensive write up on STPs on the KONP website

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