Very best wishes to all our KONP members and supporters for 2017 – we are in very difficult times and our fight for the NHS has never been more important. But we have fought hard in 2016 and have many things to look back on with pride. Last December 2015 saw the election of the first executive committee for KONP, and this had ended a difficult year with a huge setback at the General Election. Since then KONP has worked so positively with strength and determination up and down the country. We have new affiliations for example in Shropshire and Dorset and several Unite branches. We have led the establishment of Health Campaigns Together as a positive alliance of 30 organisations local and national – and this work now sees a great opportunity to defend the NHS and expose the dangers of the whole STP process at the HCT demonstration 4th March. Already this demo has the backing nationally of Unite the Union, PCS union and People’s Assembly who are working with HCT to ensure it is a success.
Thank you for all your work and support in 2016. See you together shoulder to shoulder in 2017
Tony O’Sullivan and Keith Venables, KONP co-chairs
The Labour leader signed up after speaking at a very successful KONP meeting at Islington Town Hall, London.
100 people were in attendance at Islington Town Hall on the 15th November to discuss the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) and the threat it contains to community services and potentially The Whittington Hospital. MP for Islington South and Finsbury Emily Thornberry spoke at the meeting as did MP for Islington North and leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn. Here is Prof Sue Richards of Islington KONP in the Islington Gazette.
KONP has helped organise a demonstration in support of the second reading of the NHS Bill at 11.00am Friday November 4th. The meeting point for anyone planning to attend is College Green pavement area, opposite the public entrance to Parliament, Abingdon Street.
Whilst it is very unlikely that the Bill will be taken KONP has agreed to mark the day with a public display of support at Parliament. KONP and the The Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill will push for the next opportunity to present the Bill, which is not going away!
September has been a busy month for KONP, we have been campaigning both nationally and locally. However I would like to start this newsletter by thanking our generous CrowdFunder donors, who were able to contribute financially to our campaign over the summer. We raised £6,782 after costs and VAT. We will keep you updated on our further efforts to reach our target.
Have you signed up yet? - National Conference Challenging the STPs Birmingham, Saturday 17 September, 11am to 4 pm at Carrs Lane Conference Centre B47SX. Come and discuss how to challenge the STPs at a conference that seeks to develop policy as a basis to strengthen and unite our efforts. Open to all, book now here.
KONP held our AGM on the 16th July in London. Thank you to all of you who came and participated in a very constructive and positive day. We had some excellent discussions on NHS England's pernicious Sustainability and Transformation Plans, as well as utilising social media more effectively, and a very informative talk by Colin Leys on the important recent research of the Centre for Health and Public Interest. If you would like to find out about what happened there is a record of the motions and our strategy paper on the website here.