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 September, 6.30 for tea and coffee and 7pm start, Newcastle: September KONPNE meeting

  2. August and September 2019, various times and venues: Join us at our local Council meetings

  3. Saturday 28th September, 10am, London: KONP and HCT Mental Health Crisis Summit

  4. Sunday 29th September, Manchester: End Austerity Now – National Demonstration organised by Peoples Assembly

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


>>>>>>> THURSDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2019 >>>>>>>

Hope you’re having a good summer?! Join us at the September “Keep Our NHS Public North East” meeting at 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 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!

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.


>>>>>>> AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 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.


>>>>>>> SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2019 >>>>>>>


It’s time to act.

Almost 7000 mental health nurses were lost from 2009 to 2018. Meanwhile, the number of doctors in specialist psychiatric training fell by 20%, and beds available for patients with serious mental health issues fell by over 8000.

That’s why HCT and national KONP are holding a one-day conference to take a closer look at the mental health crisis – what’s driving it, how government decisions have let it worsen over time, and what action we can take to set things right.

WHEN: Saturday 28 September 10am – 5pm

WHERE: Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine,

Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF (nearest tube Belsize Park, Northern Line)


Unwaged/Low Pension: £5.00
Standard: £10.00
Solidarity: £20.00

If you’re having difficulty paying and would still like to attend, please contact us at, and we can sort out a free ticket. 

So far we are going to be joined by Jonathan Ashworth MP Shadow Secretary for Health (tbc), Ken Loach film director (tbc), Diane Abbott MP Shadow Home Secretary (tbc), Lowkey musician and activist (tbc), Ian Hodson National President BFAWU, Dr Louise Irvine Health Campaigns Together, Dr Vic Chapman from the Royal Free, Cath Wakeman OBE trauma therapist, Dr Nihal Fernando Consultant Psychiatrist, and many more…


>>>>>>> SUNDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2019 >>>>>>>

North East Peoples Assembly are arranging coaches from the NE – seats £25 waged, £10 unwaged

For details and to books seats, please go to:

Cheques payable to ‘North East People’s Assembly’, send to: NEPA, 8 Greenlea Close, High Spen, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE39 2DW

From Peoples Assembly: While Brexit will continue to dominate the headlines in the weeks and months to come it’s our responsibility to make sure this new government is not let off the hook when it comes to the deliberate underfunding of our NHS, the growing housing crisis, the dismantling of our welfare state, and the devastating austerity policies that have left so many suffering for nearly a decade. 

Boris has a mandate of exactly 0.139625757576% of the UK’s population and we should make sure he knows it from day 1. We are calling on everyone to get out on the streets now to force a General Election so we can all have a say over who runs our country. 

Not my PM


>>>>>>> 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.