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. Wednesday 21st February 2018, 1pm, Hebburn: South Tyneside lobby

  2. Thursday 22nd February 2018, 6.30pm onwards for coffee, 7pm start, Newcastle: Next KONPNE meeting

  3. Saturday 10th March 2018, 10.45am, Newcastle: North East March and Rally for the NHS   


    Saturday 10th March 2018, 1.30pm, Newcastle: Discussion and Q&A with Keith Venables, co-chair, national “Health Campaigns Together”

  4. February & March 2018, various times and venues: Join us at our local Council meetings

  5. Advance notice: Saturday 30th June: London NHS 70th Birthday event

  6. Please also save these dates…..for later this year

  7. Why wait?! Things you could be doing NOW!!!


>>>>>>> WEDNESDAY 21st FEBRUARY 2018 >>>>>>>

Lobby of South Tyneside and Sunderland CCG Meeting

Wednesday February 21st – Lobby 1pm till 2pm to take place outside of the entrance of Hebburn Central/Hebburn Hub. This is the day the South Tyneside and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group make the decision on the future of Childrens 24/7 A&E, Maternity and stroke services at South Tyneside District Hospital. After the lobby takes place we will be attending the meeting, which is open to the public 2pm till 4pm.

Contact Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign for more details:

Chair Roger Nettleship / email: / mobile: 07963506451 /


>>>>>>> THURSDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2018 >>>>>>>

….the next KONPNE meeting. Join us at 6.30pm onwards for coffee and tea, with the meeting starting at 7pm, and finishing at 8.45pm.

Please note our new home!!! We are at Meeting Room 1 at Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle-upon -Tyne, NE1 7BJ. There is a choice of lift or stairs to the meeting room on the first floor – but please still contact us beforehand  at 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.

Our agenda will include an update on local and national health campaigning initiatives plus planning for the North East March and Rally (10th March 2018) and other future health campaign work. There is much happening, we need your help and we will guarantee to you a very warm welcome.

Dates of forthcoming KONPNE campaign planning meetings (all at the same time and place) are:
22nd February
5th April
17th May
28th June
6th September
We look forward to meeting up with all supporters of our NHS – all are welcome.

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


>>>>>>> SATURDAY 10th MARCH 2018 >>>>>>>

NE March and Rally 2018 - front and back updated 3-page0001


10.45 am – Assemble at Framlington Place, Newcastle city centre – this is the narrow road / alleyway at the side of the RVI, adjacent to the Medical School entrance (10 mins walk from Haymarket metro)

11.15 am  – March leaves Framlington Place > Claremont Road > Haymarket > Northumberland Street > Monument

12 noon – Rally at Monument – speakers include Keith Venables (national secretary of “Health Campaigns Together”), Chi Onwurah (MP, Newcastle Central) and speakers from local groups, campaign organisations, and Unions… LIVE MUSIC from Blyth Valley Samba Band, Bethany Elen Coyle and Ron Brown….plus MORE!!!

1.30pm – 2.30pm – Discussion and Q&A at Brunswick Methodist Church Hall (just over the road from Grey’s monument) with Keith Venables (national secretary of “Health Campaigns Together”) plus health campaign groups in the NE, Peoples Assembly….plus tea and coffee!   Everyone is welcome. This event is chaired by Keep Our NHS Public Sunderland, on behalf of the North East health campaign groups.


CALLED BY Keep Our NHS Public North East, North East Peoples Assembly, Keep Our NHS Public Sunderland and District, Durham Keep Our NHS Public, Save Rothbury Community Hospital Campaign, Save North Tyneside NHS, Gateshead Keep Our NHS Public, Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign and Defend Tynedale NHS Services.

SUPPORTED BY Unite the Union (NEYH), North East Green Party, Gateshead Constituency Labour Party, Newcastle Young Greens, Newcastle University Labour Soc, Disabled People Against Cuts, Unison (Gateshead Health), Newcastle upon Tyne Trades Union Council and other North East groups and organisations.

HUGE THANKS to Unite the Union for assistance with printing.


>> a cash injection to restore the NHS budget, commitment to increased funding each year, and an end to the cap on NHS pay

>> abandonment of any plans for further cuts or cash driven closures of NHS hospitals and services

>> a halt to the imposition of “new models of care” and “accountable care”

>> repeal of the 2012 Health & Social Care Act and reinstatement of the NHS as a public service, publicly accountable, publicly owned and publicly funded




Watch this space – further details will be posted here, facebook, twitter, and email. The facebook event page for the March and Rally is here


>>>>>>> FEBRUARY & MARCH 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 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:  27th February 2018 // 25th April 2018 // 10th July 2018
Health Scrutiny Committee meets monthly  on the following Thursdays at 4.30pm:  8th March 2018 // 9th April 2018 // 10th May 2018

North Tyneside Council (held at the Quadrant, Silverlink)

Health and Wellbeing Board meet every two months on the following Thursdays at 2pm:   15th March 2018
Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Sub-Committee (ie Scrutiny) meet monthly on the following Thursdays at 6pm:  8th March 2018

Northumberland County Council (held at County Hall, Morpeth)

Please contact us at 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 next meeting will take place in March 2018 – more details to follow when the date is finalised.

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.


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

——- Advance notice ——-


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 3 weeks of planning – imagine what we can do with 5 months! Let’s make 30 June massive. North East Peoples Assembly are organising coach transport from the North East –  please email: to reserve seats





July 2018 – NHS 70th Birthday – local events to be announced

Saturday 14th July – Durham Miners Gala

– More details later –


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

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

Please see this five minute video, which summarises some of the campaign activity over the past twelve months. 
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We also provide information about meetings and upcoming events by email – please provide your name and email address to us at and we will be pleased to add your name to the secure circulation list.