Sign the petition: Scrap the contracts for Serco & Sitel

Privatised track and trace has been a 2020 disaster that is costing lives.
It’s time to put local public health teams in charge of the whole system. They have the tools and the local knowledge they need to do this vital work before any second wave this winter. Now they need the money. Hancock needs to scrap Serco and Sitels failed contracts now instead of renewing them. The government must give the £528 million allocated for these contract extension to local authorities and Public Health England teams instead. 
Sign the “Save Lives, Scrap Serco” petition here:


Sign the petition: Private Test and Trace is failing – hand it back to the NHS

change .org petition

‘NHS test and trace’ is not run by the NHS. The testing side is run by private companies such as Deloitte, and it’s clear that it is failing. A partnership between local authorities and public health, primary care and NHS labs is needed to ensure a successful testing system. Please sign this petition calling for testing to be rooted within NHS structures and given the necessary investment.


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25th September 2020: Letter in todays Metro – We need to fix test and trace. Local public health teams and our NHS must be put back in charge of testing and contact tracing…and a clear message from KONP North East and @keepnhspublic and @We_OwnIt: You’re hiding behind a logo @MattHancock



National KONP Coronavirus Hub –  information and statement

Coronavirus statement

National “Keep Our NHS Public”have built a webpage to help our members and supporters stay up to date with our response to the pandemic. This will be updated regularly and will be used to host coverage of the crisis by Keep Our NHS Public and its members.
Please click:
The KONP statement on the coronavirus pandemic is here:

Outsourced and undermined – the Covid 19 windfall for private providers (British Medical Association, 8th September 2020)

The private sector has been the winner in the Government’s response to COVID-19 in England – but why, given the growing and predictable litany of mistakes it has made? Peter Blackburn reports here


Richard Horton, Editor, The Lancet (12th September 2020)

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“This Government is directly responsible for tens of thousands of citizens deaths” and we have witnessed “the worst episode of government and ministerial misconduct”.
Hear from Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, explaining what went wrong with the Governments response to the pandemic – he does not hold back. This talk was part of the national KONP AGM 12th September 2020:

Privatised and Unprepared – the NHS Supply Chain (2020)

The report from University of Greenwich and We Own It is here


Test and Trace

The letter from North East Councillors to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for health is here (scroll to 26th August) and the Chronicle report is here
See photos and a KONPNE video taken in Newcastle on the NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON TRACK AND TRACE CONTRACTS here (scroll to 18th August)
Huffington Post (18th September 2020) – and here’s who is actually running “NHS” test and Trace:
Huffington Post (21st September 2020) 74% favour a publicly run Test and Trace system:


Covid testing explained: bold promises and moonshots

The Lowdown (September 14th 2020):

The Independent Sage

‘We are following the ​science’ is the message the British public have been hearing from government since COVID-19 mitigating measures began. It says it is following the advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). But the activities of the committee have been kept secret and excluded from scrutiny by the public or wider scientific community.
In response, on Monday May 4, the Independent SAGE convened as a group of preeminent experts from the UK and around the world. The aim of the Independent SAGE was and is to provide robust, independent advice to HM Government with the purpose of helping the UK navigate COVID-19 whilst minimising fatalities.

Covid 19 and the way forward

For a very interesting 30 minute discussion between Professor Allyson Pollock (Health campaigner and Newcastle University) and Dr John Lister (Co-chair KONP and Coventry University), please click here (….skip over the initial countdown on the recording)
Whilst this was recorded to highlight the issues covered in John Pilger’s film The Dirty War on the NHS, much of the discussion centres around Covid 19 and the way forward. Crucial viewing, highly recommended.

Allyson Pollock YouTube      John Lister - YouTube


2020 Vision for a post-Covid NHS, published by “Health Campaigns Together” and “Keep Our NHS Public” (July 2020)

Click HCT KONP 2020 Rescue Plan to access the document, plus additional background information is here