Press Summary: 18 October

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10 October

 NHS most widely held concern of UK adults


[19 more stories]

11 October


London hospital considers passport checks for pregnant NHS patients

The fact that this might dissuade some women from seeking timely intervention seems to have escaped them.


Banbury protesters take message to House of Commons (local)

The Herald (Oxon). Quote from Ken Williamson, Oxford KONP Chair – well done, Ken.

Also reported in the Banbury Guardian:


12 October


NHS buildings in woeful state as repair bill soars



STP secrecy ‘travesty of local democracy’ (local)

Chichester Observer. Quote from Zena Dodson, Crawley KONP – well done, Zena.


Virgin Care accused of giving patients unnecessary treatments

Labour MP accuses Virgin Care ‘double booking’ system forcing NHS patients to book further appointment before they get their treatment. Lending strength to the adage describing private medicine: ‘If the patient is well, they haven’t been investigated enough!’. Mirror


NHS chief exec for NHS Providers admits STPs ‘vastly over-ambitious’

Refreshing insight from the Mail!


13 October


March planned against region’s cuts (local)

Good pre-publicity for march on 22 Oct. Northern Echo.


CQC report says 8 out of 10 hospitals must improve safety

Lays the blame squarely on lack of funding. Mirror.


NHS to keep running children’s services in Brighton and Hove (local)

A local victory – though the fact it is regarded as news in itself says a great deal about the prevailing narrative persuading people that this is not self-apparent. The Argus (Brighton and Hove)


NHS will implode this winter



15 May


No extra money for the NHS – May

So much for giving ‘ordinary people’ the best possible chance…


Also reported in the Independent and the Sun.


Health campaigners demo in support of Hartlepool Hospital (local)


17 May


Meeting reveals big NHS cuts across Derbyshire (local)

Not quoted, but Belper KONP had a big hand in this. Well done. Belper News


Hundreds march in Poole protest (local)

A star is born! The inaugural public act of the recently formed Dorset KONP attracted widespread local publicity, including both ITN and BBC regional coverage, in this largely Tory area. Including support from local celebrities. Very well done. Daily Echo


YouTube video:


18 October


North Yorks protest planned (Local)

Good pre-publicity. Northern Echo


KONP is now continuing to receive several calls from national outlets in most weeks, indicating KONP is regarded as a ‘legitimate’ source and not as an unreliable one. Recent calls include one from the Daily Mirror asking advice about privatising of GP services; an interview on the ’Voice of Islam’ DAB station about KONP and the NHS (given by Alan Taman); and a request from ITN to send representatives to be part of a studio audience for The Agenda, a peak-time national programme looking at political topics, including the NHS (more on this will be sent out separately later today).


This service is provided as a guide to the main stories, but you can get alerts sent about health stories 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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