WE NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT – your involvement in any (or all) of these upcoming events / activities is welcomed.

Info here about: KONPNE questioning local Councils / KEEP TRUMP AWAY FROM OUR NHS / LIVI privatisation / SIGN and circulate four petitions  / ACCESS information / WATCH  incisive films / JOIN the next KONPNE meeting / FOLLOW decision-making at local Council meetings / KEEP IN TOUCH with KONP North East 

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NHS PRIVATISATION: QUESTION TO FULL COUNCIL MEETINGS

Prompted by the recent growth in “outsourcing” (aka NHS privatisation) by North Tyneside CCG, members of KONPNE are putting questions to local North East Councils about NHS privatisation in their area.
First up was Gateshead Council, with KONPNE supporter Tony Dowling putting a question to the full Council and then, a week later, Sunderland KONP’s Laura Murrell and Dr Pam Wortley presented a question for the attention of Sunderland City Council.
– see here for details and more info
Plus more to follow – Northumberland County Council meeting (4th November) and then Newcastle City Council meeting (also 4th November), and information and questions also sent to key Councillors in North Tyneside, South Tyneside and County Durham – links to follow…

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KEEP TRUMP AWAY from our NHS

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OUR NHS NEEDS OUR HELP.  Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are keen to work out a trade deal, US / UK discussions are well in progress. and the Trade Bill is currently passing through Parliament. The dangers are very clear – large-scale take-overs by US private companies, reduced access to medication (US politicians have already made it clear that they want to”pressure” the UK through trade negotiations to “pay more” for drugs), the harvesting of our UK patient data by US firms (many US corporations are keen to develop global business models for new markets) and the lowering of standards in medication, technology, and the numbers / skills / pay and conditions of staff (all could be lowered to make our NHS more profitable to US corporations).
The Bill has passed through the Commons earlier this year, and is currently (September 2020) being considered by the House of Lords. Thereafter, it will return to the Commons for further consideration before being enacted.
There is now a need for urgent action, and much that you can do.  Please get involved –  info is at the Trade Bill page here

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LIVID – North Tyneside on the slippery privatisation slope

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The private firm Livi has been awarded a contract to carry out virtual consultations in Primary Care in North Tyneside. Whilst this is claimed to be a pilot scheme, and it is to be seen as an addition to the usual GP clinical work, it is undoubtedly part of a very slippery privatisation slope.
WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE… wherever you live in the NE…
Click our privatisation in primary care page here for an update on developments and information about how to join in.

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SIGN and circulate four petitions

PETITION 1 >   Scrap the contracts for Serco and Sitel
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Privatised track and trace has been a 2020 disaster that is costing lives.
It’s time to put local public health teams in charge of the whole system. They have the tools and the local knowledge they need to do this vital work before any second wave this winter. Now they need the money. Hancock needs to scrap Serco and Sitels failed contracts now instead of renewing them. The government must give the £528 million allocated for these contract extension to local authorities and Public Health England teams instead. 
Sign the “Save Lives, Scrap Serco” petition here: https://weownit.org.uk/save-lives-scrap-serco-now
PETITION 2 >   KONP: Six key demands from NHS staff

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Despite the massive threat posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Governments response has been exceptionally poor. This is doubly alarming given that our NHS is working following a decade of under-funding, under-staffing, and undermining.
National KONP is hosting this petition which puts six key demands to the government. Please click https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-our-6-demands-aim-to-ensure-the-nhs-is-able-to-properly-respond-to-the-coronavirus-crisis to find out more, and to sign.
PETITION 3 >  Private Test and Trace is failing – hand it back to the NHS

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‘NHS test and trace’ is not run by the NHS. The testing side is run by private companies such as Deloitte, and it’s clear that it is failing. A partnership between local authorities and public health, primary care and NHS labs is needed to ensure a successful testing system. Please sign this petition calling for testing to be rooted within NHS structures and given the necessary investment.
https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-private-test-and-trace-is-failing-hand-it-back-to-the-nhs
PETITION 4 > Covid Inquiry Now
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As information comes to light, it is clear that there were huge gaps in the country’s preparedness for COVID 19 including delays to locking down, inadequate supplies of PPE, policies of discharging into care homes and more. They have all been identified as having contributed to the level of the death toll. It’s heartwrenching to know that some of the deaths could have been prevented if only this had been handled better.
Despite this, the government continues to refer to its ‘apparent success’ and being ‘proud’ of its record.
Please sign the petition COVID INQUIRY NOW here: https://www.change.org/p/hold-a-public-inquiry-into-the-government-s-handling-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-covid19

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ONLINE SOCIAL CARE CONFERENCE: 10th October 11 am to 1pm

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The pandemic has exposed the neglect, injustice and exclusion in our Social Care system. Lives have been casually devalued. Large, often remote residential units or chains, designed to max profit rather than provide what people need and want have heightened risk; while what fragmented, severely rationed support at home remains after wholesale privatisation and 50 % cuts to Local Authority budgets falls dangerously short of meeting even basic needs.
We believe in a radical reform of social care provision in Britain. 
All welcome – please register here
This event is hosted by Keep Our NHS Public (national office) and The Socialist Health Association and supported by Reclaim Social Care, Health Campaigns Together, GMB, National Pensioners Convention, Reclaim Our Futures Alliance of Disabled People’s Organisations.

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ACCESS information

> Click here to find out more about the KONP 2020 Vision for Healthcare

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> Look through our KONP North East website – other pages contain information and links to….
Latest news and developments
NHS privatisation
The Trade Bill
NHS Charges
Integrated Care Systems
Recent reports and campaign resources
> The national KONP website is here
> Read the Health Campaigns Together news bulletin here – Livi and the privatisation in North Tyneside Primary Care is reported on page 4

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> The superb, free, online health campaigning journal – The Lowdown – is here

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> The Peoples Assembly have hosted an excellent series of 20 virtual meetings over the past few weeks, each with expert speakers. These can still be accessed – the complete playlist of meetings is found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtmyY-az3CBrocxgZ60h8GKdFCDeugqUx
> Read and circulate the first issue of “NHS Staff Voices”, the newsletter for staff working in our health and care services: NHS Staff Voices issue 1

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WATCH incisive films

Click here for links to documentaries about the NHS: The Great NHS Heist  (Drew McFadyen and Bob Gill, 2019), Sell Off (Peter Bach, 2014) and Sicko  (Michael Moore, 2007)  – all are timely reminders about why we do not want an American healthcare system. 

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JOIN the next online “Keep Our NHS Public North East” meeting

We look forward to meeting with you in October via Zoom – ALL WELCOME. Zoom log-in details will be posted here shortly; please log in for 7pm for introductions and notices….thank you.
It has been a very busy year so far, and the Campaign continues with our current focus on the Trade Bill, the privatised Track and Trace fiasco, and the recent news that North Tyneside CCG has contracted the private company “Livi” to provide some interventions in Primary Care. Our meeting will update on all of these developments.
Like all KONPNE meetings, our meetings remain open to all who support a publicly funded, publicly accountable and publicly provided NHS, and new supporters are very warmly welcomed. The zoom log-in details will be posted above, and on our social media and also on our regular mailings.  Notes from our past meetings are posted here. If you are not familiar with zoom, we have found it very easy to use and intuitive…many thanks to XR Midlands for the attached very useful guide:  Zoom User Guide

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FOLLOW decision-making at Council meetings –September and October 2020

KONPNE are keen for people to follow decision-making at local Council meetings – either by tracking Council minutes online or by attending as an observer. It is crucial that we are aware of discussions at specific meetings  (the “Health and Wellbeing” and the “Health Scrutiny” meetings) so that we are able to keep up-to-date with CCG and Council decision-making regarding “Integrated Care Systems.
Please click our page here if you are interested in finding out more….

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KEEP IN TOUCH with KONP North East…and tell your family, friends and contacts

All of our regular face-to-face monthly meetings are, of course, cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we are now holding meetings via zoom.  Details of all scheduled zoom meetings are posted above and in our social media  – it would be good to see you and hear from you!!
We circulate a regular campaign briefing by email –  If you would like to add your email address to the circulation list, then please contact us at konpnortheast@gmail.com (stating that you would like to join our secure KONPNE mailing list, and that you understand that you can unsubscribe at any time), and….job done.
Also, we host lively facebook and twitter platforms…please help the Campaign by liking, following, commenting, sharing, tweeting, retweeting….and all other electronic manoeuvrings…Our social media is updated daily and works well….so long as it is shared….. find us at facebook.com/NHSPublicNorthEast and twitter.com/KONPNorthEast   We are always on the look out for help with our social media – let us know if you have time to assist.
And finally, please let us know what you are doing….we like to be kept in touch – contact us at konpnortheast@gmail.com
At this time, we offer our gratitude and MASSIVE respect to all health workers and keyworkers.
Take lots of care and keep in touch – all at KONPNE xx

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NOW! 

Why wait? There are many things you can be doing NOW. In addition to the above suggestions, please also check out the work of other health campaign groups and organisations  – all local groups are on our links page here, the national KONP website provides much information here, and Health Campaigns Together website is here

…and FINALLY…!!!

Please also see these five minute videos, which summarise some of the campaign activity throughout recent years:
For the 2019 video, please click here:    https://youtu.be/-8N3HgjfccQ
for the 2018 video, click here:     https://youtu.be/sVHjR_84UC0
….and for the 2017 video, click here:     https://youtu.be/TP78ZC6-L6k

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Finally, we are happy to provide information about meetings and upcoming events by email – please provide your name and email address to us at konpnortheast@gmail.com and we will be pleased to add your name to our circulation list. We keep a record of your name and email address only – this remains confidential and secure, and we never share this information with anyone else. We will send an NHS Campaign email to everyone on an approx monthly basis and you are able to unsubscribe from the list at any time.  
“Keep Our NHS Public North East” takes consent and confidentiality very seriously and these arrangements are to comply with data protection regulations.