Press Summary: 10 July

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1 July

 Ken Loach addresses Oxford crowd

Also features video of KONP Co-Chair addressing public meeting. Oxford Times

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3 July

 More nurses and midwives leaving than joining

Dire statistics gauging the way the NHS is being deliberately run down. Independent


There is a cure for the NHS: give nurses a pay rise

A plea that fell on deaf ears as the government refused to alter its stance towards the 1% pay increase ceiling. Leopard. Spots. Guardian


4 July

Campaigners plan NHS birthday party (local)

Excellent example of pre-publicity from a good relationship with the local press. Swindon KONP’s Samantha Wathen is quoted. Well done Swindon. Swindon Advertiser


STP jobs will cost thousands (local)

Equally excellent use of FOI to yield an embarrassing local story by Nottingham KONP, quoting Mike Scott. Well done Nottingham. Nottingham Post


5 July


GPs forced to plead with NHS for funds for treatment



Protestors wish NHS a happy birthday (local)

Following on from the pre-publicity, Swindon KONP’s birthday celebrations, again quoting Samantha. Well done Swindon. Swindon Advertiser.


Samantha also gave an extensive interview to BBC Wiltshire:


Public party for NHS at Leeds hospitals (local)

Quoting Leeds KONP. Well done Leeds. Yorkshire Evening Post


NHS turns 69: North East campaigners warn of ‘precipice’ (local)

KONP North East’s John Whalley is quoted. Well done North-East. Chronicle Live


6 July

Three out of Four think NHS is getting worse

Cites TUC research saying NHS is number 1 issue for many. The Tory agenda seeks to blame the NHS for ‘failings’ and distract from the true culprit, of course: cuts. Mirror:


It’s Our NHS campaigners celebrate NHS birthday (local)

Worcester News


7 July

Campaigners angry at cuts to stroke services (local)

STP plans to cut. Quote from Anna Pollert, Wout Warwicks KONP. Well done South Warwicks.

The Courier


Patients struggle to get routine operations because of poor funding



NHS bosses warns of mental health crisis because of long waits



Celebrations for 69th birthday (local)

South Warwicks KONP and Anna quoted again. Well done.

Leamington Observer


Nine ways to save the NHS – by healthcare professionals



9 July

Babington hospital could be closed if plans go ahead (local)

STP plans. Belper KONP cited. Well done Belper.

Derby Telegraph


Hospital managers use ‘infection control’ as excuse to prevent cake handover

Threatening staff in uniform with action if they joined protest outside in Essex.

This would only be valid if they were theatre staff and in theatre ‘blues’. Thinly disguised political action to suppress action by staff. The greatest contagion, we point out, is the poisonous belief that NHS staff are somehow to be discouraged from joining events that are plainly there to highlight the NHS’s current woeful state. Shame on you, Southend Hospital, Essex, Management. Not least for not even having the imagination to come up with something that is actually evidence based. Really, is that the best you can do? And what salaries are you on…? Mirror


NHS birthday cake presented to Airedale Hospital (local)

…where presumably MRSA is not liberally added to the icing (see above). Keighley News


The recent NHS birthday celebrations drew a lot of coverage from local outlets throughout England. This is a definite trend, as more local groups build good relationships with their local press.

These summaries provide a guide to the main stories in the preceding week, but you can get alerts sent about health stories to yourself every day. This is done through Google news and Google alerts: free services anyone can set up. To find out how to do this, go to the Steering Group, News & Events section on the KONP website ( ) and look for the “starter set of instructions”.

Mobile devices also have free apps that provide news, which you can filter with varying degrees of control.

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