Local Health Campaigns: a report from Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham – and a public meeting on 22 February and the national demo on 4 March

 STPs (“Sustainability & Transformation Plans”) – no further ‘engagement’ events in the Black Country to date (none at all in Birmingham!) so continued lack of consultation to proposed changes (and possible cuts) to NHS prevails. KONP is planning to ask a question at Full Council on 28th Feb.

There is such a national concern on these issues (and also that, post-Brexit, any trade deals with the USA may put our NHS within reach of predatory big US corporations – as per the old TTIP proposals) that a National “It’s Our NHS” Demonstration has been arranged in London on Saturday March 4th in London by Health Campaigns Together, Keep Our NHS Public, Unite the Union etc.

Coach places are available from West Brom at ‘old’ Unite office (8:00 a.m. pickup) and Birmingham (NOW FULL) at ‘new’ Unite office 6 Holt Court North, Heneage Street West, B7 4AX (8:00 a.m. pickup) via Unite members. Contact Patrick Highton, Ian Scott (or any other Unite members locally) for information via btuchcc@hotmail.com

South B’ham Momentum are organising coach and there may be some spaces left – £10 (waged) £5 (unwaged) – contact Nicky Brennan nicky151289@gmail.com

Additionally, B’ham TUC will be organising the Unite mini-bus from Birmingham – 15 places

More locally, on Wednesday 22 February, Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham and South Birmingham Momentum (Edgbaston CLP) are holding a joint public meeting on “The NHS crisis and STPs – how should Labour respond?” 7:00pm at the Quinborne Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham, B32 2TW. Speakers include Caroline Molloy, a well-known campaigner on NHS issues & Open Democracy, two from KONP B’ham and a local Sandwell councillor.

Free tickets available on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-nhs-crisis-and-stps-how-should-labour-respond-tickets-31800931442

Unite Campaign on STPs – KONP members are attending these meetings. We have asked Unite to provide speaker to the next BTUC meeting on 2nd March at Birmingham Council House (7:30 pm)

Private Finance Initiative/PF2 – the Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Andy Williams, lead officer at our local Clinical Commissioning Group – Sandwell and West Birmingham – has recently responded to a letter regarding the ‘planning assumptions’ for the proposed bed numbers at the new hospital. He has given assurances that these trajectories are still on target.

This is slightly at odds with some of the concerns about bed numbers expressed by the Hospital Trust Chief Executive in the local press, which were publicised at the last meeting, so KONP B’ham will continue to follow this up.

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