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Archived 19th May 2022
WE STRONGLY OPPOSED THE “HEALTH AND CARE BILL” – FIND OUT WHY
The Health and Care Bill will bring about MORE American-style privatisation of our health service, it will give private companies BIGGER roles in decision-making and MORE contracts will be awarded without any checks and balances. There is no doubt about it – this government is hellbent on the further involvement of the private sector in our health service.
We need an NHS run for the public, not profit, and amendments must be made to this Bill as it passes through Parliament
for information about the Health and Care Bill
**************UPDATE: 27th APRIL 2022*************
Government passes Health and Care Bill
An Act of denial that endangers the NHS
Click here to read the KONP Statement
Archived 10th May 2022
North Tyneside residents access to services via digital technology – fill the survey
Moving away from our recent activity on Longsands to a very different kind of surfing….North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group has recently commissioned Northumbria University to carry out a survey relating to residents access to digital technology. The researchers comment that “we want to gather as much information on digital technology use to inform a digital plan for North Tyneside. This information will also be used to help to shape how people access future services. When referring to digital technology, we mean the devices used to access the internet, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, smart speakers, etc.”
Whilst there is a place for digital technology in public services, it is crucial that quality of healthcare is not undermined. The prolonged underfunding of the NHS, staff shortages, and the ongoing cuts to services, coupled with the Covid pandemic, have all impacted on the NHS, and the increased use of digital technology must not be used as an inadequate quick-fix. Nor must it be used as a backdoor for increased NHS privatisation. We are aware that, in early 2020, the very same North Tyneside CCG awarded the private company “Livi” an initial contract to carry out virtual consultations in Primary Care. This company has very recently been given a 5 year contract, and this move is undoubtedly part of a very slippery privatisation slope: Livi claims to be Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider – see here.
So, North Tyneside residents, please fill out the survey at the following link: https://northumbria.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/resident-survey
Question 34 is freetext, and supporters of KONPNE have recorded their huge concern about the health inequalities that may be heightened through increased digital technology (some patients can’t use such technology, or can’t afford to use it), the decreased continuity of care brought about through virtual consultations with private health companies, and the misdiagnoses (symptoms are more accurately assessed at a face-to-face consultation). And, of course, the reality that many digital healthcare platforms are underpinned by finance from private companies, all eager to placate the shareholder… Other supporters may wish to highlight these and other important issues.
Archived 10th May 2022
Johnson: Don’t scrap free covid testing and isolation – sign the petition from Co-Chair of KONP
“Both common sense and science dictate that now is not the time to scrap PCR test centres, free lateral flow tests, self-isolation or collection of coronavirus surveillance data”. Dr John Puntis, Co-Chair of KONP
to sign the petition
Archived 8th May 2022
Three questions to put to prospective (and established!) Councillors
At this time of the year, we can guess who’s there….
Here’s three key questions to put to prospective Councillors – or, indeed, all Councillors even if they are not facing an election this year….and if there is no knock on the door, please click here for email addresses of current Councillors….
WE NEED COUNCILLORS WHO ARE ACTIVE IN PROTECTING OUR NHS!!
a) What will you do to encourage local NHS commissioning services to keep healthcare within the NHS? (Over the last decade, £96 billion has been paid to private companies for NHS services – privatisation puts profits before patients).
b) How will you work to increase democracy in local health structures? (The Health and Care Bill reduces the contributions of councillors and local people on NHS decision-making bodies)
c) What are you doing to fight for fair pay for all NHS staff? (The current pay offer of 3% is derisory and unacceptable. It is not surprising that there are 100,000 vacancies in the NHS – an average nurse in the UK has lost 20% of income over the past 10 years)
….and please let us know responses at firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Archived 5th May 2022
PROTECT THE RIGHT TO PROTEST – THE POLICE AND CRIME BILL
Success in the Lords in January 2022 – but the Campaign continues to the Commons. Through the “Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill”, the government may still make important changes to the law that will restrict the right to protest.
“The whole point of protest is that it does have an impact and may well cause unease or annoyance to those who do not agree with its aims. The value of our freedom to assemble peacefully and express our views is supremely important, and is protected in law by the Human Rights Act 1998″. National KONP 23rd March 2021
for more information / public petitions
Archived 22nd April 2022:
Stop the Vaccine Manufacturing Centre Sell Off
The Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre was launched in 2018 using public money. The centre develops vaccines to help the UK deal with pandemics like COVID 19.
The Financial Times has just EXPOSED the government’s secret plans to sell off this crucial vaccine manufacturing centre – but a final decision has not yet been made, which means you can still stop the sell off if you act now.
Sign this petition from “We Own It” and tell the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng: Stop the sell off of the Vaccination Manufacturing and Innovation Centre.
to sign the petition
to read the article in The Lowdown (6th January 2022)
and CLICK HERE
for The Lowdown article (30th March 2022)
Update: 27th March 2022: Following lobbying by Keep Our NHS Public, We Own It and the Socialist Health Association, Oxford City Council has now unanimously passed a motion against the sale of the Centre. But we need to keep the pressure up. Some news papers are reporting that a sale of the Centre could happen in the next month, and there are rumours that exclusive talks have begun with a buyer. If you have not done so already, please add your name to the thousands of others supporting this campaign and help stop the privatisation of vaccine development.
6th April 2022 – Vaccine Centre Sold off. The £200m government-funded vaccine manufacturing centre has been sold to a private pharmaceutical company – the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC) in Harwell, Oxfordshire, has been sold to Catalent. Click here for the BBC item
Archived 7th April 2022:
LIVID – North Tyneside on the slippery privatisation slope
In early 2020, the private firm Livi was awarded a one-year contract to carry out virtual consultations in Primary Care in North Tyneside. This is undoubtedly part of a very slippery privatisation slope: Livi claims to be Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider.
North Tyneside CCG has now evaluated this one-year pilot period, and has decided to “extend the Livi pilot contract while it procures a ‘Complementary GP Video Consultation Service’ for North Tyneside”.
Unsurprisingly, members of KONPNE remain angry that North Tyneside CCG have seen fit to extend this contract to this private business for a further period, and members remain wary that the future procurement of this or a similar service will firmly embed privatised services within Primary Care across the Borough. There is no doubt that our Primary Care services require more resources and investment, and this should now be provided to existing, localised GP services – North Tyneside CCG should not be wasting taxpayers money by contracting out to private, profit making companies with shareholders.
to read the recent KONPNE responses (3rd November 2021) to North Tyneside CCGs “evaluation” of Livi
Archived 7th April 2022:
5 MILLION WAITING – Sign the “We Own It” petition re the NHS waiting list
Patients in every town and city are forced to endure lengthening waits for treatment, often in debilitating pain, and NHS clinicians are working flat out to try to cope with demand. Waiting list statistics reveal a health service in crisis, struggling without adequate resources and staff. It is clear that, in addition to the pressures brought about by the Covid pandemic, we are now also paying the price for the ongoing cuts and closures, and the failure to support the NHS and staff over past years.
The long waiting lists for care are UNACCEPTABLE.
to find out more and to go to the “We Own It” website
Archived 2nd April 2022:
MISCONDUCT IN PUBLIC OFFICE; Read (and circulate) the findings of The People’s Covid Inquiry, plus report to Police Commissioner Cressida Dick
In the absence of a formal public inquiry into the pandemic, The People’s Covid Inquiry organised by national Keep Our NHS Public began in February 2021, took place over 9 sessions and concluded it’s hearings in the summer. It covered all aspects of the government’s handling of the pandemic and heard testimony from a wide range of people and organisations. These included previous government advisors and key academics, as well as frontline workers and bereaved family members. The Inquiry was chaired by world renowned human rights barrister Michael Mansfield QC who, together with a panel of experts, delivered their findings and recommendations on all main aspects of the pandemic to date.
The People’s Covid Inquiry presented the finished report “Misconduct in Public Office” in December 2021 and, later in the same month, Dr Tony O’Sullivan and Dr John Puntis, Co-Chairs of National KONP, wrote to Police Commissioner Cressida Dick re Governments gross negligence and misconduct in public office, requesting that she authorises an investigation of the facts with a view to considering prosecutions. Misconduct in public office is an offence under common law defined as where there is wilful neglect of duty ‘to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder.’ The report also suggests there may be the offence of corporate manslaughter.
to read the findings of The People’s Covid Inquiry “Misconduct in Public Office” and the letter to the Police Commissioner
…and then share the link and our facebook and twitter posts – our thanks go to national Keep Our NHS Public for all of their hard work in gathering this huge body of evidence, to the contributors for standing up and being counted, and to all involved in bringing this information into the public domain. At our KONPNE meeting of 2nd December 2021, it was agreed that we write to national KONP to give our thanks, and it is now up to us all to circulate this information widely.
***Archived April 2022:
THE CURRENT SITUATION: HOUSE OF LORDS
23rd November 2021: 304,761 signatures – the collective petitions of “Keep Our NHS Public”, “We Own It”, “Just Treatment” and “Your NHS Needs You”, all against the Health and Care Bill.
The Bill is now at the House of Lords, where there are opportunities to fight for amendments and to build greater public opposition to force the government to back down on their plans. Our Campaign focus at the current time is thus at the Lords. We are continuing to ramp up our campaign to fight this corporate takeover of our NHS, and our campaign to liaise with members of the Lords is in progress – please scroll to Part 3 of this webpage for information about writing to the Lords and, also, please sign and circulate the “We Own It” petition. Importantly, please continue to get the message out far and wide.
The Committee Stage of the Health and Care Bill has now come to a close in the Lords, and the dates have been announced for the Report Stage – which is when key votes will take place on amendments proposed to the bill. This stage will begin on 28th February, and conclude on 9th March. There is still time to write to key peers and to sign the petitions – please scroll to Part 3 below, to find out how you can help.
It is anticipated that the Bill will be passed back from the House of Lords to the Commons in March 2022, before being enacted in April 2022.
Parliamentary process: You can keep track of the Parliamentary process and find more info on the progress of the Health and Care Bill by scrolling down to Part 8 of this webpage and, also, by clicking on the Parliament website here
⇒ Sign the joint letter to the Lords
The House of Lords must protect our NHS; amendments to the Health and Care Bill are about to go to the vote.
Crucial that you
for info and to show your support for Amendments
⇒ SIGN THE “WE OWN IT” HOUSE OF LORDS PETITION
This Bill, currently being considered in the House of Lords, will mean MORE American-style privatisation of our health service. The plans will give private companies BIGGER roles in decision-making and MORE contracts without any checks and balances. This government is hellbent on involving the private sector in our health service further.
THE REALITY: These new plans would 1) Allow private companies like Deloitte to sit on boards that make decisions about how to spend NHS money 2) Introduce the American model into our NHS where unaccountable decision making bodies prioritise profit margins and making savings over caring for people’s health. This model is likely to lead to cuts and closures of NHS hospitals and A&E 3) Push more people to go private as cuts are made. Patients have already been promised greater rights to choose private treatment and have it paid for by the NHS 4) Open the door to more cronyism – yet more contracts would be given to government pals like Serco, as we’ve seen in the pandemic, but without any competition – that’s what the government means by ‘reducing bureaucracy’ 5) Encourage private companies to take the NHS to court if they’re unhappy.
We need to show the Government that this is not acceptable: we want an NHS run for the public, not profit, and amendments must be made to this Bill as it passes through Parliament
To sign the “We Own It” House of Lords petition
⇒ WRITE TO THE HOUSE OF LORDS
The Bill is currently at the House of Lords and, in line with other campaign groups including “We Own It”, we are targetting the 188 cross-bench peers who sit in the Lords to gain their support for crucial amendments. These peers are not aligned to a specific political party. Please write a short and warm email to up to 5 peers now, by following the following steps –
1) email us at email@example.com, stating how many peers you are happy to write to (up to 5 – see reasons below), and we will email you with names and email addresses
2) compose your emails: include
a – Clarify that you are writing about the Health and Care Bill. Also, tell them that your email is not part of any mass emailing, but your personal email to them because you care about this issue.
b – Inform them why this issue is important to you (eg: very briefly, in one or two short sentences, describe your or your family NHS treatment or eg your work in the NHS)
c – Tell them why you think they will do the right thing. Do a quick google search on your peer, and identify one or two of his / her interests. Alternatively, click on https://www.theyworkforyou.com/ to find one good thing about your peer. Adding something positive allows them to feel like they’re appreciated (NB Do not spend long researching this – a cursory mention is all that is needed to personalise the email a little eg: “I am aware that you are a very well known member of the Lords, and that you have experience in and have demonstrated your interest in educational, environmental and health matters. I know that you speak out on a range of important key issues, and I am sure that you agree that the future of the NHS is a key and fundamental issue for us all”. )
d – Copy and paste the following: “I would like to ask you to vote for Baroness Merron’s cross-party Amendment 29 to ban people who work for or own shares in private healthcare sitting on ICS boards, and Amendment 207 by Baroness Merron and Amendment 208 by Baroness Thornton and Lord Patel to establish a presumption in favour of NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts in commissioning NHS services.”
e – Offer to send them a briefing document if they wish for further information (please contact us at KONPNE, if one is requested by the peer), thank the Peer, tell them that you hope to hear from them soon, and sign off.
3) Hit send….. and job done **Please note two technicalities: please send your emails separately (the House of Lords email system blocks mass mailings of over 6) and if your Peer(s) has a generic House of Lords email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), then please add FAO (and then name your Peer) in the subject box of your email.
Please do everything you can to support this action…..and remember that campaigning works!! One of our supporters received this email response from a Lord on 21st January 2022, in response to a brief email following the above format: “Thanks, I will look at those Amendments. I am very sympathetic to your points. Best wishes….”
KONPNE are grateful to Johnbosco Nwogbo at the national campaign group “We Own It” for guidance on the email content – this is much appreciated. More about the “We Own It” organisation is here
Information and guidance is also found at this excellent article from 999 Call for the NHS: Health and Care Bill Briefing for House of Lords – amendments for Committee stage
***Archived early 2022:
Sign the joint letter and petition to the Lords and/or email up to five Lords regarding the Health and Care Bill
The House of Lords must protect our NHS; amendments to the Health and Care Bill are about to go to the vote.
Crucial that you
for info and to show your support for Amendments:
and / or
The Health and Care Bill is currently being debated in the Lords, and we need your help in emailing up to 5 Peers. This is a very straight-forward and quick task.
and scroll to Part 3 for information
We need to stop private companies from sitting on NHS Boards and we need to ensure that NHS Trusts (and not private companies) are the default position when commissioning future services.
Please do all that you can to support this crucial action, and please get your family, friends and all contacts involved….it is not an understatement to say that the future of our NHS lies within this Bill.
Thank you, KONPNE
***Archived January 2022:
THE NHS DATA GRAB
The Government is trying to slip through a massive change to how NHS patient data is handled. It wants to take the patient records which GPs hold on everyone in England, and enter them all into one massive database – and it wants to make this data available to “third parties” – including private companies.
for more information, to opt out and to sign the petitions