This picture shows Tameside KONP’s recent stall at Hyde market, working alongside members of 38% from Hyde and Stalybridge.
Come and join us to make sure local residents are aware of the government’s threat to our precious NHS! Tameside Hospital is being downgraded under ‘Healthier Together’ – who can tell how far that will go?. ‘Devo Manc’ is being brought in completely undemocratically, so we need to show that we the public – all of us – want to be consulted especially when our NHS and community services are under such serious threat.
There will be a variety of activities and planning for a Greater Manchester conference.
We also attend Greater Manchester KONP meetings, see elsewhere on this website.
Notice of our next meeting will be posted soon.
Tameside Keep Our NHS Public will be meeting on Wednesday 17 September at 7pm at Stalybridge Buffet Bar. The agenda will include an update on Tameside Hospital and feedback about the Healthier Together plans for NHS services locally and in Greater Manchester. All are welcome.
More on the Keep Our NHS Public campaign in Tameside:
Sat 21st Sep leafleting Ashton town centre
23-27 Sep leafleting Tameside General Hospital
Sat 28 Sep public meeting
Special showing of a film by Ken Loach
The Spirit of 1945
Saturday 21 September 2013, 6.30pm – 9pm Free
Mossley Community Centre , Roughtown Road, Mossley OL5 0SG
6.30pm tea and cakes. 7pm film show (90 minutes) followed by discussion.
Organised by Tameside Keep Our NHS Public. TamesideKONP@gmail.com
This documentary shows how, in 1945, a Britain battered by five years of war built a Welfare State and National Health Service which was the envy of the world. Now that precious legacy is under threat from privatisation. Please come along, see the film and then discuss how we can keep our NHS public
NHS SOS Saturday 28th September 1.30pm Public Meeting
Volunteer Centre 95-97 Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6EP
Speakers include Dr.Kailash Chand (Director of Tameside Healthwatch) and Terry Tallis (Stockport NHSWatch)
Saturday 8 June from 11am in Ashton Town Centre the Tameside Keep Our National Health Public (KONP) group will be running a street stall and asking local people to join their campaign.
Tameside KONP are part of the national KONP which is campaigning to challenge the privatisation of the NHS that started from 1 April 2013. The campaign has organised groups across the country to ensure that:
* · The new organisations that will take over running the NHS locally, the Clinical Commissioning Groups, are accountable to local people
* · local hospitals, such as Tameside, to be provided with the finance to provide a high quality service for local people
They are calling on local GP’s to join the campaign and choose NHS services, rather than contracting with the private sector. Recently the group met with Jonathan Reynolds MP to raise their concerns particularly about the lack of accountability and transparency of the new local Clinical Commissioning Groups in Tameside and Oldham.
Local campaigner, Bernadette Hyland, said: “We want the National Health Service to be run for the public, and not for profit, and we are therefore asking people to join us to defend a much loved part of the British way of life.
The campaign can be contacted at TamesideKONP@gmail.com
Our first public branch meeting took place on 8 May and a branch was constituted. At the meeting we agreed to continue to publicise the big changes happening to the NHS and several members agreed to organise another street stall as well as meet with local MPs and lobby the new commissioning bodies for the health service ie. the CCG’s.
We have had 2 street stalls in Mossley and Hyde and our next one is in Ashton on Saturday 8 June 11-1pm. At these we have distributed postcards to local GP surgeries and have had limited responses from the GPs. Pennine Medical Centre have referred us to Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group, even though they will be taking the flak from patients when they will be unable to get procedures or referrals. Our petition about the NHS is very popular and we intend to hand it into the CCG’s. See http://keepournhspublicgmcr.com/konpmcr-petition/
Letters have gone out to Tameside and Oldham CCGs requesting meetings and to find out about the way in which contracts are being distributed. Due to the lack of response from Oldham CCG we have sent copies to local MPs and Leaders of Tameside and Oldham council. Michael Meacher’s Secretary is getting our letter to the Oldham CCG passed on personally at the next CCG meeting.
On 24 May Barbara and Michael met with Jonathan Reynolds MP to discuss our campaign and seek support. He is sympathetic and wants to be kept in touch with our actions.
Christine and I spoke at a local Young at Heart meeting and received a donation which has been used to purchase resources for our street stalls.
Our activities have been publicised in the local press and we have advertised in free publications such as the Mossley Browser.
Please join us at our next meeting; 12 June at 7pm at Stalybridge Buffet Bar
Contact me at Tameside KONP@gmail.com
Tameside Keep Our National Health Service Public welcomed Dr. Kailash Chand, Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association, to their street stall at Hyde Market Place on Saturday 13 April. Alongside the people of Hyde he signed their petition to keep the NHS public.
Tameside KONP representative Bernadette Hyland said; “In Hyde we were overwhelmed with the support for our campaign from local people who are users and workers in the local NHS. Like us, they are calling on local GPs and the new Clinical Commissioning Groups to choose NHS services and not tender public services out to other private providers whose primary aim is profit not people.”
The campaign can be contacted at TamesideKONP@gmail.com
Sat 30th March – No Private Providers Street Stall
Mossley 11.00 till 1.00 outside the Co-op
Lobbying of Tameside Clinical Commissioning Group