Keep Our NHS Public leads the national fight to defend our National Health Service from cuts and privatisation. KONP was formed in 2005 in response to the then-Labour government’s drive to open up the NHS to the market through commissioning, PFI and the introduction of foundation trusts. It led the campaign against the Coalition government’s infamous 2012 NHS and Social Care Act, and is now building support for the NHS Reinstatement Bill, which aims to reverse the destructive effects of the 2012 Act. It is also in the forefront of exposing and opposing the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is in danger of opening up all public services to wholesale privatisation.
Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public (CambsKONP) has led local campaigning to defend the NHS. In 2013 we initiated the campaign Stop the NHS Sell-Off in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which was a broad alliance formed to prevent local NHS services being sold off as a result of the 2012 Act. This culminated in the successful prevention of older people’s and adult community health services being privatised – which would have been the biggest NHS privatisation in Britain up to that point. With generous Union support we commissioned a report from John Lister on this whole contracting process, “Let Down by Everyone-a Tale of Incompetence” published in August 2016. This funding has enabled an analysis of the impact of the proposed cuts in services driven by the local Transformation Programme , now part of NHS England’s Sustainability and Transformation Programme.
We have continued campaigning to stop the creeping privatisation of local services, and are working closely with other organisations through Cambridge Health Emergency to stop devastating cuts being imposed on Addenbrooke’s and across the county as a result of government under-funding. We also actively support other local NHS campaigns including Hands Off Hinchingbrooke. The threat to our NHS as a comprehensive, universal public service is now ever more acute. Under the new Sustainability and Transformation Plan, (STP) England has been divided into 44 ‘footprints’ which must make huge spending and service cuts and increase NHS privatisation in order to access “transformation” funds. STPs are highly political and highly contentious because they involve huge cuts and NHS privatisation by a process of parcelling up the NHS into a new form of public/private partnership called Accountable Care Organisations – like Private Finance Initiatives, but for services as well as buildings.
All this is being carried out without any legislation to approve the transfer of NHS assets and services to these new forms of PFI. The outcome will be an NHS that offers reduced services, ends national terms and conditions for staff and is modelled on private American health insurance schemes.
The local spotlight is now on the future of Minor Injury Units, at Wisbech, Ely, and Doddington. We are supporting campaigns by local residents to oppose these cuts and actively challenging and alerting the public about the implications of the nationally imposed savings target of 250million by 2020.
Cambridge KONP meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 7pm.
River Lane Community Centre, CB5 8HP.
The Centre is half-way along River Lane opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground. The Centre has disabled access.
All are welcome to come along!
We have a stall in Fitzroy Street near the Grafton Centre on the first Saturday of every month from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm.
(image of stall)
Minutes of previous meetings can be found here