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

  2. Fri and Sat 15th and 16th June 2018, South Shields: Comedy Evening in aid of Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign

  3. Please assist with KONPNE fundraising

  4. Saturday 23rd June to Saturday 14th July, Mon – Sat, 10.30am to 4pm, Newcastle: Marion Macalpine and KONPNE photo exhibitions on NHS privatisation

  5. Monday 25th June, 2pm, Gateshead: Joint STP Health Scrutiny Committee (all seven local councils)

  6. Tuesday 26th June, 6.30 for tea and coffee and 7pm start, Newcastle:  Special edition KONPNE meeting – WHAT THE NHS MEANS TO ME

  7. Saturday 30th June, 12 noon, London: Celebrate and Demonstrate – NHS 70th Birthday #OurNHS70

  8. Thursday 5th July, 11am – 2pm, Newcastle: NHS 70th Birthday celebration – Join KONPNE and North East Peoples Assembly out and about in the city centre for birthday cake, card and music!!!

  9. Saturday 14th July 2018, Durham: March alongside Durham KONP at the Durham Miners Gala

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

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


>>>>>>> JUNE and JULY 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 Council decision-making regarding the local “Sustainability and Transformation Plan”…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:

Newcastle City Council (held at Civic Centre, Newcastle)

Health and Wellbeing Board meet every two months on the following Tuesdays at 4.30pm:  10th July 2018 //
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 below.

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.



>>>>>>> FRI 15th and SAT 16th JUNE 2018 >>>>>>>

From: Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign

Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th June
7:30pm (both days) at The Westovian Theatre 
Ocean Road, opposite Haven Point, South Shields, NE33 2JS

Tickets only £13, in aid of Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign

Book via The Word (Market Place, South Shields) 
or call the box office on (0191) 424 77 88 
or book online at http://www.westovians.co.uk/



Stephen Tompkinson will join the Laffalang Gang in South Shields in June when the comedy troupe stage a show to raise money for the Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign.

The television A-lister is best known for the award-winning ITV show DCI Banks but he has a host of other top television credits to his name, including dramas Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel and, currently, The Split as well as highly acclaimed sitcoms Trollied and Drop The Dead Donkey.  He has also starred in the films Brassed Off and Harrigan, while his stage work encompasses Spamalot, Charley’s Aunt and a recent number one theatre tour of Art. 

Stephen said: “I have worked with members of the Laffalang Gang at the brilliant Sunday for Sammy and when I was asked to come along to perform again with them I jumped at the chance. It’s for a great cause; it’s important we campaign to save NHS services”.



We work really hard at spending wisely and making our finances stretch, but we realise that we have a greater than usual expenditure over the next few months to support our planned activity for the recent March and Rally and the forthcoming NHS 70th Birthday events.

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 or a monthly standing order, then this would be a huge help. All contributions are very gratefully received, however small. 
Our bank details are:
Bank – Co-op 
Sort code – 08 92 99 
Account – 65517907
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.



>>>>>>> SATURDAY 23rd JUNE to SATURDAY 14th JULY >>>>>>>

“HOW COME WE DIDN’T KNOW?” – A photographic exhibition by Marion Macalpine includes twenty-four  photographs and brief information highlighting some of the major corporations involved in privatisation of the NHS.


St.Thomas’, Haymarket, Newcastle upon Tyne and Keep Our NHS Public North East

The exhibition explores the diverse forms that privatisation takes, including PFI contracts; private health companies masquerading as NHS including many GP clinics and diagnostic centres;  private hospitals which cherry-pick ‘low risk’ patients;  lucrative contracts for highly specialist treatment;  healthcare corporations with a history of fraud or tax avoidance;  scandalously poor care practice that is no barrier to winning new contracts;  private corporations driving government policy and involved in negotiations such as the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership….and now including new panels on the shocking impact of government plans for so-called ‘Transformation’. The exhibition highlights critical links between politicians at all levels and private healthcare corporations.

EXHIBITION ON TOUR!! The exhibition has previously been displayed in Ascot, Birkenhead Art Gallery, Brighton (3 times), Cambridge, Chichester,  Cheltenham, Deal, Hackney (twice), Hammersmith, Haringey, Lambeth, Liverpool Central Library and the Unite building, The Wirral, Norwich,  Sheffield, Southampton, Stroud, Tower Hamlets, Whitstable and Health Campaigns Together 2017 conference.

At the same time, and to link with the Marion Macalpine exhibition, KONP North East will be providing a complementary exhibition of photographs and text, with a specific focus on the privatisation of NHS services in the North East region.

Both exhibitions highlight the growing privatisation of NHS services.

Saturday 23rd June to Saturday 14th July, Mon to Sat, 10.30am to 4pm, free of charge.

St.Thomas Church, The Haymarket (next to the Civic centre), Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7PF


>>>>>>> MONDAY 25th JUNE 2018 >>>>>>>

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 25th June at 2pm at Gateshead Civic Centre.

A link to the agenda for this meeting, and the minutes of the March meeting will be posted here, when this is available.

As at the previous joint meetings, it would be good to have a good health campaigner / observer presence. Whilst the meeting commences at 2pm, it has been suggested by a member of a campaign group that any campaigners / observers may wish to meet up briefly from 1.30pm in the cafe area on the ground floor of the Civic Centre. Look out for the a4 KONPNE logo on the front of a file. 

This meeting is open to all to observe. Angela Frisby has requested that, if possible, people email her, so that she can arrange seating at the Civic Centre: angelafrisby@gateshead.gov.uk 


>>>>>>> TUESDAY 26th JUNE >>>>>>>

KONPNE open meeting: 70th Birthday of our NHS – Celebrate and protect for the Future

For this “special edition” KONPNE meeting, we will be putting aside the usual Campaign and business agenda, and we invite everyone present to comment on “What the NHS means to me”….maybe a sentence or two, or a poem, or prose…or to sit back, say nothing and reflect…plus a time to meet other NHS supporters and, of course, an opportunity to view the photography exhibition on privatisation in the NHS…

This will replace the usual KONPNE meeting and will take place on Tuesday 26th June 2018, 6.30pm for tea and coffee, and 7pm to start, finishing at 8.30pm, at St.Thomas’ Church, Haymarket – the church next to Newcastle Civic Centre.

Please note that the original meeting planned for Thursday 28th June at Brunswick Methodist Church Hall has now been cancelled. 

Come along and join us – all are welcome.


>>>>>>> SATURDAY 30th JUNE 2018 >>>>>>>

At the beginning of February, tens of thousands of health campaigners shut down London in protest over lack of staff, beds & funding in …..that was with only 3 weeks of planning. Since that time, health campaigns across the country have been planning for this birthday event – so let’s make 30 June massive in London.

KONPNE will certainly be there!! Watch this space for the London meeting point.

North East Peoples Assembly and KONPNE are co-organising coach transport from the North East –  please email: nepeoplesassembly@gmail.com to reserve seats





>>>>>>> THURSDAY 5th JULY 2018  >>>>>>>

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****Thursday 5th July…..and a VERY HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY to the NHS!!!****

Join in the celebrations between 11am and 2pm with KONPNE and North East Peoples Assembly – out and about in Newcastle city centre with birthday cake, card and music!!

Say YES to *a publicly owned NHS that is free for all  *proper funding and proper staffing  *support for our wonderful NHS workers  *world class services for every community

Details to be announced very soon!! Watch this space!!

KONP logo jpeg

Peoples Assembly NE logo

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>>>>>>> SATURDAY 14th JULY 2018  >>>>>>>



Keep this day free for the not-to-be-missed Durham Miners Gala…..

Come and march alongside Durham KONP…..

More details later…..


>>>>>>> THURSDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2018 >>>>>>>

welcome to the emergency department

Sign of things to come? We say NO to the privatisation of our health services.

Join us at our September “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.

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.


>>>>>>> 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.