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 4th March 2020, 5.40pm, Newcastle DATE TO BE CONFIRMED – THIS DATE IS PROVISIONAL: Formal Question to Newcastle City Council

  2. Thursday 19th March 2020, 6.30 for tea and coffee and 7pm start, Newcastle:  KONPNE meeting

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

  4. Now: Check out cuts in your area….and share the message

  5. Now: HANDS OFF OUR NHS – see info below from WE OWN IT and national KONP, and circulate the message.

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


>>>>>>> WEDNESDAY 4th MARCH 2020 >>>>>>>


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Please add Wednesday 4th March 2020 to your diary as a provisional (but probable) date….KONPNE is scheduling a formal question to Newcastle City Council about their involvement with the CCGs “Integrated Care System” – a health system which potentially sets the course for the large scale privatisation of the NHS in the North East. We are planning for a KONPNE member to formally put a very relevant question to the full meeting of Newcastle City Council on Wednesday 4th March on behalf of our Group – please be there to offer your support.

Meet outside Newcastle Civic Centre at 5.40pm for photo opportunity, and then proceed to the public observers gallery of the Council Chamber for the meeting which starts at 6pm. All KONPNE supporters are welcome – you do not need to be a resident of Newcastle.

NB – date to be confirmed – watch this space for further details


>>>>>>> THURSDAY 19th MARCH 2020 >>>>>>>

Join us for the March “Keep Our NHS Public North East” meeting – Brunswick Methodist Church meeting rooms, Brunswick Place, Newcastle-upon -Tyne, NE1 7BJ

6.30pm onwards for coffee and tea, with the meeting starting at 7pm, and finishing at 8.45pm.


The meeting room is on the first floor – please 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 by the side of Waterstones. 

Lots to talk about and plan regarding the Campaign. Everyone who cares about the future of the NHS are welcome.

We meet together every month, and the notes from our past meetings are posted on our news page here.

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.


>>>>>>> MARCH and APRIL 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 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 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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.


>>>>>>> NOW >>>>>>>

NHS Cuts image

Making people aware of the devastating impact of cuts on our NHS is now more straight-forward, with the new website

Type in your postcode to get a summary of the amount that services in your area will be underfunded by up to 2023, plus what this equates to in terms of staff, equipment and services.

It is crucial that this information is known in every home in the country.

Share the link – – everywhere you can……


>>>>>>> NOW >>>>>>>

we own it

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Oct 2019 NHS pledge action web banner 4 (1)

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) Please sign the petition….850,000 people have done so already….and your response will also go to your MP asking for his / her support – please click this link

You can check to see if your MP has signed the NHS pledge by clicking this link:


2) Print out our placard, 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


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

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


Please also see these five minute videos, which summarise some of the campaign activity throughout recent years:

For the 2019 video, please click here:

for the 2018 video, click here:

….and for the 2017 video, click here:


Finally, we are happy to 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 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.