Last month, Red Pepper and Keep our NHS Public joint sponsored an event on defending the NHS. We wanted to discuss different strategies that would be most successful in resisting the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act. It was filled with energy and expertise, with great contributions from local people. The work that Keep Our NHS Public is doing to rally opposition to this radical reorganisation is crucial and Red Pepper fully endorses its campaign.
We are keen to keep supporting KONP and the fantastic activism and campaign work that is happening around the country, and together we will continue to highlight the impact of the Health & Social Care Act whilst debating strategies for resistance.
As the next step, Red Pepper is supporting the Keep Our NHS Public 'Reclaiming the NHS' conference at Friends Meeting House on Saturday 23 June. It is sponsored by the TUC, Unison and the NHS Support Federation amongst others. This conference will discuss the crucial question: what can we do to protect our NHS?
There is an impressive line up of experts who will outline the changes and threats facing our health service. Along with information and workshops, the day will provide valuable space for networking among NHS supporters from across the country.
Wendy Savage - Co-Chair of Keep Our NHS Public
Harry Keen - President of the NHS Support Federation
Jacky Davis - BMA council and Co-Chair of the NHS Consultants Association
Polly Toynbee - Guardian columnist and writer
David Babbs - Executive Director 38 Degrees
France O'Grady - TUC Deputy General Secretary
Among many more...
Red Pepper will have a stall at the event, and we are looking for volunteers to help us. All volunteers will have the opportunity to watch the speakers, meet new people and join in with the workshops.
If you can help on the Red Pepper stall please contact Tom Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the conference visit: http://www.keepournhspublic.com