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Conferences and Events

Campaigners Conference, 4 Nov 2017

After the sheer scale of our massive demonstration in London on March 4, November 4 was another special day to remember. Well over 400 people from the length and breadth of England crowded into Hammersmith Town Hall for Health Campaigns Together's highly successful Campaigners Conference.

A dozen workshops covered a wide range of campaigning issues, while eight regional workshops began strengthening networking and targeting areas for special attention.

Nine national speakers, two health workers and two local campaigners spoke in two plenary sessions chaired by HCT’s joint chairs Merril Hammer and Louise Irvine, drawing enthusiastic applause.

Click here for extracts from all the platform speeches, video of the keynote speakers and reports on action points from the workshops as they come in.

NHS Birthday Events

On Wednesday July 5 2017 campaigners and unions celebrated Our NHS with a 69th Birthday Party.

Health Campaigns Together and the TUC worked together to coordinate events in hospitals all over England.

Here is the TUC blog.

Pictures of some of the dozens of events are available HERE

It's #OurNHS, and we will fight on to defend and restore it.

March 4 2017 demonstration in London

Click HERE to see photos and media and video coverage of our massive March 4 demonstration.

Challenging the STPs

Conference held in Birmingham on September 17 2016

The conference was a real success. 150 campaigners from all over England came to discuss the latest top-down reorganisation of the NHS and the challenge we face in defending local access to health services.
Speakers included Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Health Secretary. Download her speech HERE

  • Statement agreed by campaigners present – download HERE
  • Full text of (shortened) speech by John Lister, Secretary Keep Our NHS Public - HERE
  • Full text of (shortened) speech from Caroline Bedale on Manchester Devo and STP process – HERE
  • Speech from Su Lowe, Unite activist and health visitor – HERE
  • Key points from the workshop discussions on how to develop campaigning

Conference: Health Campaigns Together to Win, Leeds 2016

For a report of the conference held in October 2016 and links to Yorkshire campaigns CLICK HERE.

Dr Yannis Gourtoyannis

Dr Louise Irvine

Christina McAnea

Defending the NHS conference

Saturday 30 January 2016, London Welsh Centre

For those who missed this successful conference, and for those who enjoyed it and want to remember what was said, here's what the key platform speakers said.

Video interviews

Thank you to John Hully, Pragmatist Productions, who filmed and edited these on the day.

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