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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Radio: local coverage in Nottingham; Voice of Islam DAB (national), several times
TV: Victoria Derbyshire Show, Good Morning Britain news.
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.
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The NHS is not ‘in debt’: – it has suffered deliberate de-funding since 2010 and it cannot provide safe care without ‘overspending’.
The context includes severe cuts to the Public Health and social care budgets. The NHS is tasked by 2020/21 to have absorbed an annual equivalent of £22b of health service cost pressures.
Nationally, Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STPs) have been created to implement these cuts, and to impose new cheaper models of practice in a fractured, weakened health service.
England has been divided into 44 Footprint areas – an STP for each. Under great pressure and secrecy, each area has been ordered to create an STP with the financial driver centre stage to ‘balance the books’ by 2020.
The King’s Fund report on delivering the government’s plans for the NHS – Delivering Sustainability and Transformation Plans  – does not reflect what is really happening to the NHS in England, and more importantly what will happen unless it is stopped, say Keep Our NHS Public.
The Keep Our NHS Public web site is going to be migrating to a different host server over the next few days. Because of this our shop and our comments sections will not be available from 12:00pm on Tuesday the 14th of February. By the end of Thursday the 16th of February, at the very latest, everything should be back on-line. If all goes to plan there should be no downtime for the rest of the site and no need to change anything on your end – you can still find us at KeepOurNHSPublic.com.
Our new hosting arrangement should provide you, our readers, with a more speedy and stable experience and us with a better platform for growth in the future.
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Make sure to join us on the day to march for a fully funded, publicly owned NHS and Social Care Service. For all information, including transport, leaflets and supporters, go to http://www.ournhs.info. 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 you can show your solidarity on twitter - @nhs_demo #ourNHS.
Hunt must go rally on the 12th Januay
Health Campaigns Together, The People's Assembly Against Austerity and Junior Doctor's Alliance, supported by Keep Our NHS Public, called an emergency #Huntmustgo rally outside of the department of Health.
The demonstration highlighted the "serious abdication of responsibility by Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt during one of the most serious crises ever in the history of the National Health Service".
Though the weather was miserable the turn out was strong, thank you to all those who attended.
Hands off our NHS Rally 28th January 2017
Hands off our NHS organised a demonstration outside Parliament and The Department of Health on the 28th January to raise public awareness of £22bn of underfunding to healthcare services and to put pressure on NHS England and Jeremy Hunt to scrap the STPs and to fund and restore our NHS.
Upcoming demonstration and rally in Newcastle
The North East March and Rally For the NHS. Assemble at 11.45am - Framlington Place / Lovers Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne (adjacent to the RVI, opposite the Medical School entrance). Rally at 1pm at Greys Monument, Newcastle City Centre.
Red Cross declares humanitarian crisis
This month the failures of the government to allocate enough funds to our NHS were thrust to the forefront by The Red Cross who stated that the NHS is facing a “humanitarian crisis” as hospitals and ambulance services struggle to keep up with rising demand. This came as a response to the deaths of two patients after long waits on hospital trolleys.
The Guardian quoted Dr Mark Holland President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine as saying 'We are asking NHS staff to provide a world-class service, but with third world levels of staffing and third world levels of beds.'
The more widely this is reported the better as yet more people can realise the current level of threat to our NHS from the government.
Labour day of campaigning for the NHS
It is good that the Labour Party has organised two national days of action on the NHS (latest on 21 January). We need Labour to back the 4 March demo and mobilise for it please. John McDonnell has agreed to speak at the rally. Labour, please sponsor the ‘Its Our NHS’ demonstration.
Guardian opinion articles
This is an excellent ‘NHS Opinion’ article by Dr Aislinn Macklin-Doherty, junior doctor and supporter of the 4 March Demo, as a member of Junior Doctors Alliance. Aislinn’s article followed the deaths of two patients on hospital trolleys in A&E at Worcestershire Royal Infirmary in early January.
Kailash Chand of the Guardian claims that 2016 was the worst year in NHS History in this opinion article.
At the end of January, NHS England’s plan was to have finalised two-year operational plans of each CCG and the contracts with all providers, within strict financial control totals, equating to the first two years of these damaging and financially punishing and damaging Sustainability and Transformation Plans. Up and down the country, KONP campaigners with others are asking their local councils, councillors, scrutiny panels and CCGs to stop the STPs going through.
Nottingham KONP lobbied against their STP outside Nottingham City Council's Loxley House headquarters on Tuesday and appeared in this write up from the Nottingham post. Good work!
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