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

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


  2. Coronavirus: National KONP new webpage and statement

  3. Six key demands from NHS staff

  4. Bring all private hospitals into public ownership now

  5. Revoke the Health and Social Care Act 2012

  6. Amend the new Trade Bill

  7. Protect from Trumps trade deal

  8. Buy “Song for the NHS” by Newcastle singer/songwriter Bethany Elen Coyle

  9. KONP North East meetings

  10. April and May 2020, various times and venues: Follow decision-making at local Council meetings

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




For advice from the NHS about Coronavirus (Covid 19) incl symptoms, preventative actions, high risk groups, social distancing and self isolation, then please click here:



Coronavirus – National KONP new webpage and statement

Coronavirus statement

National “Keep Our NHS Public”have built a new webpage to help our members and supporters stay up to date with our response to the pandemic. This will be updated regularly and will be used to host coverage of the crisis by Keep Our NHS Public and its members.

Please click: https://keepournhspublic.com/campaigns/coronavirus-campaigns

The KONP statement on the coronavirus pandemic is here: https://keepournhspublic.com/covid-19-statement/


KONP: Six key demands from NHS staff

six key demands

It’s clear that an urgent intervention is needed on the government’s Coronavirus response. Despite the massive threat posed by the pandemic, Boris Johnson isn’t doing what’s needed to support our health workers as they confront this crisis. This is doubly alarming given that our NHS is going into action following a decade of under-funding, under-staffing, and undermining from Conservative-led governments.

That’s why KONP have launched a new petition putting 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.


Bring all private hospitals into public ownership now

Right now our NHS needs all the capacity it can get to tackle coronavirus.

The government plans to rent private hospital beds at a cost of £2.4 million per day – giving the green light for companies to make a quick buck from a global health emergency.

Not only is this staggeringly wasteful, it’s totally immoral. Every penny of public money must go towards saving people’s lives.

GMB estimates that there are around 570 private hospitals in the UK, with around 8000 beds. In Spain the government has taken over private hospitals – we must do the same.

SIGN NOW to stop this government putting profits before people during the worst public health crisis of our time.

Sign the We Own It petition here:  https://weownit.org.uk/act-now/bring-all-private-hospitals-public-ownership


Revoke the Health and Social Care Act 2012

You Gov petition

We have seen in recent days how NHS England (NHSE) took back powers from local Clinical Commissioning Groups in order to act as a national body once again.

The Health Service Journal, 23rd March reported:
“The move appears principally to be to allow NHSE to buy independent sector beds on block, as announced in recent days. But the directive will also allow NHSE to exercise other CCG functions to support the covid-19 effort.”

Was there ever greater evidence that we need a National Health Service and not a fragmented, privatised system? Click here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300019    to sign the petition …. and pass it on.


Amend the new Trade Bill

WOI NHS trade deal web banner

The coronavirus crisis shows how important our NHS is – but even now, the government is trying to sneak through legislation which gives no protection for our NHS from trade deals.

During the election, thousands of people campaigned with “We Own It” and “Keep Our NHS Public” and so much pressure was put on Boris Johnson that he pledged the NHS would not be on the table in a Trump trade deal.

However, the government has now quietly published a new Trade Bill and this legislation sets out the way that the government can strike trade deals with the US and others now that we’ve left the EU. But it doesn’t contain any concrete protection for the NHS, despite Johnson’s repeated promises before Christmas.

Today, we need our NHS more than ever – but it needs us too. We can’t let the government get away with sneaking this legislation through unamended. 

Tell Johnson to keep his promise to keep our NHS off the table

Sign the petition here: https://weownit.org.uk/act-now/protect-nhs-trade-deals


Protect from Trumps trade deal

we own it

      and      KONP logo jpeg

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Our NHS needs our help. Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are keen to work out a trade deal. And as long as NHS services are provided by private companies, our NHS is still on the table, no matter what they say.

But with so much going on in the media right now, we’re going to need all of you to cut through the noise.

1) Click here for information about spreading the word: https://weownit.org.uk/nhsphoto


2) Print out our placard (below), take a photo and post it on social media with the hashtag #HandsOffOurNHS and a personal message for the Prime Minister.


3) Watch (and share) this video


Our NHS can only be protected from trade deals if we end privatisation, full stop. 

You already know the danger that the NHS is in – but thousands more around the country don’t.
Your network of friends and family can reach far more people than will get this email.
This is an opportunity to reach out of our bubble and create a huge wave of support for our NHS.

If you’re not on social media, you can print out the placard to place in your window at home or at work.

Hands off


Buy “Song for the NHS” by Newcastle singer/songwriter Bethany Elen Coyle

Song for the NHS

Written by Bethany Elen Coyle, and first performed by Bethany Elen and Ron Brown at the KONPNE / Peoples Assembly 2017 NHS Rally in Newcastle, Bethany is donating all proceeds from future sales to groups who are supporting NHS workers dealing with the current coronavirus outbreak.

Download plus unlimited streaming – £1.50 or more



KONP North East meetings

All of our regular monthly meetings are now cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please keep in touch via our website and social media, or by contacting us at konpnortheast@gmail.com

As the NHS is likely to be overwhelmed in the next few weeks, the best thing we can all do – for our own welfare, for the health of others, and to help health workers meet the crisis – is to personally avoid contracting Coronavirus as far as possible by self isolating (especially those people who are in the ‘at risk’ groups) or social distancing, and also to support friends and neighbours as far as we can.

MASSIVE respect to all health workers.

Take lots of care and keep in touch – all at KONPNE xx


April and May 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,

Are you able to assist with your local Council – one of Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside or Gateshead? The papers of the meetings are in the public domain, and they are all sub-committees of the Council. Also, if you are able to attend, then these meetings are all open to the public – you will not be expected to speak at the meeting, and would be there as an observer. The option of tracking online or attending in person, or a mixture of both, is completely up to you – all is valuable. Whichever option you choose, we would really appreciate some brief feedback by email to konpnortheast@gmail.com or verbally at the KONPNE meeting. This work generally averages out at around two meetings per month per Council – so keeping up-to-date with the minutes and sending a brief update to KONPNE on matters relating to the ICS may take around 1 hour per month….

Please contact us at konpnortheast@gmail.com if you are able to help out – we are hoping to build up a group of KONPNE members who are willing to be involved in this way.

Click on the links to the Council websites listed below to find out the details of specific meetings – especially the dates, as the usual meeting day can change from month to month.

Newcastle City Council (held at Civic Centre, Newcastle)

Health and Wellbeing Board (“Wellbeing for Life”) meet every two months on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 4.30pm 
Health Scrutiny Committee meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month at 4.30pm
Dates of future meetings, past minutes and further details are at: https://democracy.newcastle.gov.uk

North Tyneside Council (held at the Quadrant, Silverlink)

Health and Wellbeing Board meet every two months on Thursdays at 2pm 
Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Sub-Committee (Scrutiny) meet monthly on the first or second Thursday at 6pm
Dates of future meetings, past minutes and further details are at: https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/184/decision-making

Northumberland County Council (held at County Hall, Morpeth)

Health and Wellbeing Board meet every two months on the second Thursday at 10am
Health and Wellbeing  OSC (Scrutiny Committee) meet monthly / two monthly on the first Tuesday at 1pm
Dates of future meetings, past minutes and further details are at:  http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/CommitteeList.aspx

Gateshead Council (held at Gateshead Civic Centre)

Health and Wellbeing Board meet every two months on Friday at 10am
Care, Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee meet monthly on Tuesdays at 1.30pm
Dates of future meetings, past minutes and further details are at:  http://democracy.gateshead.gov.uk/mgListCommittees.aspx?bcr=1

Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) for NENC “Integrated Care System” and North and Central “Integrated Care Partnership” (held at Gateshead Civic Centre)

This recently established Committee comprises Councillor representatives from seven Councils in the NE area. The Committee meet every two months on the third or fourth Monday at 1.30pm or 2pm
Dates of future meetings, past minutes and further details are at:  http://democracy.gateshead.gov.uk/mgListCommittees.aspx?bcr=1

Members of other local health campaign groups also have some presence at some of the NorthumberlandSouth Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham Council meetings – if you live in one of these areas and wish to offer help to one of the local campaign groups by tracking or attending the Council meetings in your area, again, please contact KONPNE and we will put you in touch with the relevant local group.

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



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

…and ALSO…!!!

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


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.