WE NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT – you are very welcome at any (or all !) of these forthcoming events

There is an overview here….and then please scroll down for details about each….

  1. Before 26th October 2018: Write to your MP – info below                                              

  2. Before 26th October 2018: Respond to national consultation on Integrated Care

  3. Please assist with KONPNE fundraising

  4. Monday 24th September, 1.30pm, Gateshead: Joint STP Health Scrutiny Committee (all seven local councils)

  5. September 2018, various times and venues: Join us at our local Council meetings

  6. Thursday 18th October 2018, 6.30 for tea and coffee and 7pm start, Newcastle: October KONPNE meeting

  7. Thursday 29th November 2018, 6.30 for tea and coffee and 7pm start, Newcastle: November KONPNE meeting

  8. Why wait?! Things you can be doing NOW!!!


>>>>>>> BEFORE 26th OCTOBER >>>>>>>

Please ask your MP to prioritise attending the second reading of the NHS Bill – scheduled for Parliament on 26th October 2018

You can find out who your MP is and their e-mail address here: 



>>>>>>> BEFORE 26th OCTOBER >>>>>>>

Please provide feedback to NHS England regarding the national consultation on the proposed Integrated Care System. The consultation closes on 26th October 2018.




We work really hard at spending wisely and making our finances stretch, but we realise that we have had a greater than usual expenditure over the last few months with the North East March and Rally for the NHS, the wide range of NHS 70th Birthday events and our campaign activity through to the end of the year.

Please help us to develop and carry out our campaign activity. If you are in a position to help financially with a one-off donation to our newly opened “Just Giving” page, then this would be a huge help. All contributions are very gratefully received, however small. 
Please copy and paste the following web address to make your donation:  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/keepournhspublicnortheast

Many thanks to all who kindly donate money. This is greatly appreciated, and every penny is used wisely in our campaign to Keep Our NHS Public.
It is fantastic to know that we have a committed group of supporters.



>>>>>>> MONDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2018 >>>>>>>


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The next meeting of the Joint STP Health Scrutiny Committee (comprising three councillors from each of the seven NE councils, and focusing soley on the STP) will take place on Monday 24th September at 1.30pm at Gateshead Civic Centre.

It is good to have a brief discussion prior to the meeting, and we suggest that we meet at 1pm at Gateshead Civic Centre restaurant, which is located on the groundfloor.

Links to the agendas and minutes of meetings are posted here:


This meeting is open to all to observe, and we are usually able to contribute and make our voice heard. We feel that our very presence in the room is a powerful message to the Councillors and CCG staff about the importance and public support for maintaining a publicly owned NHS, and we urge members of all campaign groups to attend, if possible. 

Angela Frisby has requested that, if possible, people email her, so that she can arrange seating at the Civic Centre: angelafrisby@gateshead.gov.uk 

Further meetings are scheduled for:
Monday 26 November 2018 at 2pm
Monday 21 January 2019 at 2pm
Monday 25 March 2019 at 2pm
all at Gateshead Civic Centre


>>>>>>> SEPTEMBER 2018 >>>>>>>

KONPNE are keen for people to attend and observe some meetings at local Councils (especially the “Health and Wellbeing” and the “Health Scrutiny” meetings) so that we have a presence at these meetings and are able to keep up-to-date with CCG and Council decision-making regarding the local “Sustainability and Transformation Plan” and the proposed move to “Integrated Care Systems”…are you able to assist? These are sub-committees of the Council, and are all open to the public. You will not be expected to speak at the Council meeting, but we would appreciate some brief feedback by email or at the KONPNE meeting.

Please contact us at konpnortheast@gmail.com if you are able to attend some of these meetings – we are hoping to build up a group of KONPNE members who are willing to attend, but we will be starting off small!

Forthcoming council meetings are scheduled for:

******NB specific dates to be added******

Newcastle City Council (held at Civic Centre, Newcastle)

Health and Wellbeing Board meet every two months on the following Tuesdays at 4.30pm:  
Health Scrutiny Committee meets monthly  on the following Thursdays at 4.30pm:  

North Tyneside Council (held at the Quadrant, Silverlink)

Health and Wellbeing Board meet every two months on the following Thursdays at 2pm:   
Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Sub-Committee (ie Scrutiny) meet monthly on the following Thursdays at 6pm: 

Northumberland County Council (held at County Hall, Morpeth)

Please contact us at konpnortheast@gmail.com if you are able to attend meetings in Northumberland – details are on the Council website

NTW and ND STP Health Scrutiny Committee (held at Gateshead Civic Centre)

This newly established Committee comprises Councillor representatives from all of the seven Councils in the STP area. The Committee meets every two months – please see details in separate post.

We will check the agenda’s in the week beforehand to check that relevant items are listed for discussion.

Local health campaign group members are already attending some of the South Tyneside, Gateshead and Durham Council meetings – if you live in one of those areas and wish to offer help, again, please contact KONPNE and we will put you in touch.

Thank you. 
Your help with this initiative would be greatly appreciated.


>>>>>>> THURSDAY 18th OCTOBER 2018 >>>>>>>

Join us at our October “Keep Our NHS Public North East” meeting – 6.30pm onwards for coffee and tea, with the meeting starting at 7pm, and finishing at 8.45pm.

We meet in Room 1 at Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle-upon -Tyne, NE1 7BJ. This meeting room is on the first floor – please contact us beforehand  at konpnortheast@gmail.com if you are a wheelchair user. The Methodist Church is situated in Newcastle city centre and is located under one minute from Greys Monument / Monument Metro, at the end of the small access road which runs between Waterstones and Jamie’s Italian. 

This is an open public meeting, and everyone who cares about the future of the NHS are welcome.

The agenda will be posted a few days beforehand. All welcome!

We are planning to have more time for discussion at our future meetings. To enable this, we are preparing a newsheet with all announcements, updates and points of information which will be distributed to all at the meeting, and also placed on our social media – so please send any items to konpnortheast@gmail.com and this will be copied onto the newsheet.

We look forward to meeting up with all supporters of our NHS – this is an open, public meeting, and you are welcome to come and have your say, or to sit and listen – whatever suits you best. We guarantee a warm welcome to all.

 KONPNE: No cuts or cash-driven closures // Fair pay to all NHS staff // No privatisation.


>>>>>>> THURSDAY 29th NOVEMBER 2018 >>>>>>>

Join us at our November “Keep Our NHS Public North East” meeting – 6.30pm onwards for coffee and tea, with the meeting starting at 7pm, and finishing at 8.45pm – at Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle-upon -Tyne, NE1 7BJ.

Agenda will be posted in November. All welcome!


>>>>>>> NOW! >>>>>>>

Why wait? There are things you can be doing NOW – please check out the Take Action page here.

Please see this five minute video, which summarises some of the campaign activity throughout 2017. 
Click here:


We also 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 the secure circulation list.