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. Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th December 2019, various times and venues, Northumberland: ‘Under The Knife’ in Northumberland

  2. Thursday 12th December 2019: #VoteNHS today

  3. November and December 2019, various times and venues: Join us at our local Council meetings

  4. HANDS OFF OUR NHS – circulate the message. See info below from WE OWN IT and national KONP

  5. January date TBC (watch this space), 6.30 for tea and coffee and 7pm start, Newcastle: January 2020 KONPNE meeting

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


>>>>>>> THURSDAY 5th – SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER 2019 >>>>>>>

Great news for anyone in Northumberland who missed the recent screenings of Under The Knife – there are four new opportunities to see it.  The film which reveals the extent of the creeping privatisation of the NHS, is being shown at the following venues:
Thurs 5th Dec Felton Village Hall NE65 9NH  7.30pm
Fri 6th Dec      Berwick William Elder Building, Castlegate  TD15 1JT    7:30pm
Sat 7th Dec     Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea NE64 6DB 3:30pm
Sun 8th Dec    Thropton War Memorial Hall NE65 7LT   4:00pm

Below is the Eventbrite page for the Newbiggin showing, otherwise please turn up early to secure your seat.

While entrance is free, donations are very welcome.
Film details and trailer

Under the Knife


>>>>>>> THURSDAY 12th DECEMBER 2019 >>>>>>>

One thing to remember today:

……   #VoteNHS


>>>>>>> NOVEMBER and DECEMBER 2019 >>>>>>>

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 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 are starting off small!

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:

Northumberland, Tyne, Wear and North Durham 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 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:
Please also see details in separate post on this KONPNE website page.

Members of other local health campaign groups also have a 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 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 >>>>>>>

we own it

      and      KONP logo jpeg

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


>>>>>>> JANUARY 2020 DATE TBC >>>>>>>

Join us for the first “Keep Our NHS Public North East” meeting of 2020 – Brunswick Methodist Church meeting rooms, Brunswick Place, Newcastle-upon -Tyne, NE1 7BJ

January date TBC (watch this space) – 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 between Waterstones and Jamie’s Italian. 

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

Lots to talk about and plan. All welcome!

Agenda items for this meeting includes   **feedback on anti privatisation Campaign work **work on eradicating local health charges for migrants   **updates on putting formal question to Councils at Full Council meetings  

We meet together approx every 6 weeks, 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.


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

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

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

For the 2018 video, please click here:

….and for the 2017 video, please click here:


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 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.