1. Apologies: Jenny Feneley, Vince Charles, Graham Tranquada, Jim Thakoordin

Present: Rosie Newbigging, Graham Tranquada (Bedford). Sue Eason (S W Beds). Kevin Vickers, Katelyn Burns, Richard Hillyer, Christine Davies, John Pinkerton, Gail Hawks, Annie Parker, Anne Williams,Christina Sosseh, Wendy, Maggie Chris Coppock, Elliot Morgan(MK), Gary Loyd (Bedford)

2. Latest developments/intelligence sharing:

STP/Integrated Care Sysetm: Chris C reported that an Integration Board had been set up in MK. Doesn’t meet in public. It is tasked to deliver the Integrated Care System ‘at pace’. Optum (which is part of USA company United Health) is contracted to help MK deliver. Chris had submitted written questions to Pete Marland, Leader of MK Council and Chair of health and wellbeing board, and had received a prompt set of replies.

Action: Agreed Chris C, Kevin and Christina should meet with Pete M asap. Chris C will research Integrated Care Systems and the Manchester integration before the meeting.

Bedford: Takeover of Bedford Hospital by the L&D has been delayed due to financial issues until at least April 2019 but Trusts collaborating as if merger will proceed. David Carter will be the CEO of the ‘merged’ trust.

Putnoe Walk in centre: Good public meeting and associated press coverage. CCG has now accounced a new Walk in centre in response to public pressure, for an initial 12 months at a cost of £1m, at Bedford hospital North wing site. This is a partial victory although new location charges for parking. Next step is lobby of Scrutiny committee on 17/4.

Day hospice in Bedford – Rosie has linked to campaigner at the hospice and had meeting to discuss campaign strategy.  Good coverage in local media and Anglia Today. CCG has now extended funding for one year while review takes place. There is an open afternoon at the Hospice, Linden Road, Bedford on Thurs 26 Aprilfrom 1pm – 4.30pm so please go along if you can and show your support.

Primary care hubs: There will be about 7 in MK, 5/6 in Beds covering populations of 30-50k. Details not yet known.

3) Campaign updates:

28/4 Sat, MK rally and march – Peoples Assembly against Austerity – Jobs, Health, Homes, Education. Please come along – bring bannes/placards.

Action: Chris C to do press release.

5/5/ Sat: International Workers Day event – 7.30pm, Entertainment Shed (Gordon Arms), Castle Rd, Bedford – Hands off campaign (Rosie) will be among speakers along with Mohammad Yasin MP. Also Rob Johnson performing.

30 June – 1 million march in London with local marches from hospital to station.

5 July – 70th Anniversary of NHS. Local birthday parties to be held with tea party outside hospital around 5.30pm. Momentum Bedford planning big outdoor rally in evening.

4) Matters arising from meeting on 12 March not covered elsewhere on agenda/update on other actions:

Action: Jim to draft a letter which can be sent to Labour councillors at all authorities asking if they will oppose ICS/ACO/STP and support Hands Off Our NHS – BLMK.

Action: Vince to research other councils who have opposed or withdrawn from STPs.

Action: Chris Coppock to prepare press release on failure of L&D to respond to request within 20 working days.

Action: Vince to also submit FOI request to NHS Improvement – completed. Awaiting response

Action: Kevin to arrange photo of supportive councillors on Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and also make short films of the cllrs talking about their views on the STP/ICS. 

Action: Vince to send Jim a model resolution to promote through Trades Council and local Labour Party – completed

Action: Chris C to circulate amended campaign leaflet.

 Action: Chris and Jenny to liaise on campaign logo.

 Action: Jim to email Chris Coppock contact details for local journalists in Luton.

 Action:  Paul, Graham and Vince (with Jim and Tom Shaw’s help) to compile lists of local community organisations, tenants’ associations and pensioners groupss.

 Action: Rosie to affiliate Hands Off our NHS – BLMK to the national group – Health Campaigns Together – contact made with HTC. Waiting for bank account to be ready so we can pay affiliation fee.

 Action: Kevin to see if Christina Sosseh would be prepared to be a media spokesperson as well – completed. Christina is happy to be media spokesperson.

 Action: Kevin to contact Mary re filming Mary reading her poetry.

 Action: Jenny to put everyone’s contact details on mailchimp for future emails. All to check email addresses on this email and advise Jenny if anyone’s email address needs to be added – completed by Jenny. Please advise Jenny if anyone is missed off current email list.

 Action: Vince to check the NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines on IAPT.

 Action: Jim, Graham and Kevin to liaise on launching MK Trades Council

5. Treasurer’s report: Gary circulated a written report. We have pledges of £350 from Luton Trades Council – £100, London and SE Unite branch (Jim/Rosie branch) – £100, Unite Luton Retired branch – £150. (Also now £100 pledged from Bedford/Kempston Labour party -bringing total to £450). Bank account should be open in a few weeks – with Triodos.

Couple of payments made (thanks Adrian and Jim) for room hire for meetings. Gary suggested we need to think about more fundraising – maybe getting people to do regular DDs (couple of quid a month). Annie Parker said she was happy to help Gary. Could consider a finance sub-committee for the future as money starts coming in.
Action: All to present to their local union branch, pensioner group, community organisation, political party branch and request donations. Evidence so far is that groups are willing to donate once they hear about the threats to the NHS and our campaign to save it.


6. Date of next meeting: 10/5/18 7pm, Bedford.