Help build a progressive local to global health movement in the UK.
Participate in restoring the NHS to its founding principles.
Learn from leading experts about the local and global determinants of health.
Network with organisations and individuals involved in health and social activism.
Take part in developing a UK People’s Health Manifesto.
Who is organising this?
A group of health activists who are affiliated to the People’s Health Movement (PHM) – a global network of grassroots health activists, civil society organisations and academic institutions from around the world, particularly from low and middle income countries. This Assembly is being organised to shape the formation of a health movement in the UK, building on a range of existing groups and organisations including NGOs, grassroots campaigns such as Keep our NHS Public, community-based health organisations, academic departments and research institutes, trade unions and others.
The Assembly will mainly take the form of workshops designed to help individuals and organisations to network with each other; and to discuss what it means to create a health movement. There will be some keynote presentations made by invited experts and leading health activists. But the focus will be to discuss why a health movement is required and how we can build one. A detailed programme will be announced shortly but Day 1 registration will be between 9-9.30am.
How to book a place
To register for the UK People's Health Assembly click here.
Registration fee: £50; £30 for students and unwaged.
(As the Assembly is not sponsored, if you can make a donation to support the event, please contact the email above).
How to get involved
We welcome your input, so if you would like to contribute to the pre-assembly discussions, run a workshop, or feed in ideas contact: [email protected]
For more information
Visit our facebook page for up to date event information: www.facebook.com/phmuk
Come to Nottingham. Take part and shape the future.
Why a social movement on health is needed
Legislation has effectively abolished the NHS. Patients will suffer. Health care inequalities will rise. Conflicts of interest will become more frequent. Medical ethics will deteriorate. More money will be wasted on shareholders and greed.
Across Europe, the bail out of a corrupt and discredited banking system is already increasing poverty, unemployment and premature mortality. Alternative policies that would be fairer, more sustainable and provide a healthier foundation for society are being ignored.
Globally, billions of people live in poverty and with hunger. Climate change - the biggest threat to human health in the 21st century - is being left unabated.
Poor policies and bad politics
The threats described above are not inevitable. They result from “a toxic combination of poor social policies and programmes, unfair economic arrangements, and bad politics”.
A social movement on health and a health movement for society
A social movement on health is needed – not just to restore the NHS to its founding principles, but also to ensure that community and individual health is placed at the heart of all policies.
A health movement provides a platform for different elements of society to band around a progressive social, political and economic agenda for human and ecological well-being.
A health movement for society is also required. Health professionals have a duty and a mandate to get involved with social policies. Politics are too important to be left in the hands of politicians, businessmen and management consultants.