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Alliance for Lobbying Transparency

ALT is a coalition of civil society groups concerned about the influence of lobbyists on policy making in the UK. Public trust in the political process can only be rebuilt with true democratic accountability. A mandatory register of lobbyists is one of ALT's key aims.



Keep Our NHS Public

Launched in October 2005, Keep Our NHS Public's founding organisations included the NHS Support Federation, the NHS Consultants' Association and Health Emergency.

With support from pensioners' associations, unions (both nationally and at branch level), the Junior Doctors' Committee of the British Medical Association, the TUC and many others, both groups and individuals, the campaign continues to grow as the consequences of the government's privatisation policies become ever clearer.

See the KONP launch statement.

Chair: Wendy Savage



Health Emergency

Founded in the autumn of 1983, London Health Emergency is the country's biggest and longest-running pressure group in defence of the NHS. With over 150 trade union bodies, campaigns and community organisations affiliated at local, regional and national level, and many more subscribers, it issues a quarterly tabloid newspaper Health Emergency which has a print run of 7,000 and a distribution reaching many parts of England, Scotland and Wales. Health Emergency carries news and comment on the full range of health service policy issues, with a special focus on acute hospital services, mental health services, care of the elderly, and the impact of the government's marketising reforms.




Doctors for the NHS

Formed in 1976 by consultants with strong commitment to the NHS and its founding principles, NHSCA believes in planning and cooperation rather than market forces and competition. It functions as a nationwide pressure group covering all specialities and aims to present the facts and arguments to the public and the profession using national and local media. By putting its views to politicians of all parties and other organisations concerned with health, and working with any group that shares its objectives, it differs from other medical organisations which primarily represent staff interests. It is not party-political.




National Association of LINks Members (NALM)

Launched in April 2008, NALM is a national member-led organisation working with health campaigners across the country to build Local Involvement Networks (LINks), the replacement for Patient and Public Involvement Forums.

NALM will campaign for effective patient and public involvement, and greater democracy in health and social care services.

Contact: Malcolm Alexander,, tel. 020 8809 6551


Peoples Health Movement

PHM is a global network of individuals, NGOs and CSOs that is strongly committed to the role of the state in the provision of healthcare and is fundamentally opposed to the commercialisation of healthcare systems. PHM has its roots deep in the grassroots people's movement and owes its genesis to many health networks and activists who have been concerned by the growing inequities in health over the last 25 years.




Socialist Health Association

Affiliated to the Labour Party, the SHA is an active campaigning organisation promoting health and wellbeing, social justice, and the eradication of inequalities through the application of socialist principles to society and government. SHA identifies seven guidelines for action:

  • Prevention as well as treatment - investment in prevention of disease as well as on treatment

  • Wider determinants as well as healthcare - recognition that the wider determinants such as income, education and employment are as important in promoting the nation's health as healthcare

  • Internationalism - recognition of the UK's international obligations to developing nations in respect of trade agreements and the importation of scarce healthcare personnel

  • Solidarity - working in close collaboration with other like minded bodies such as trade unions and the other socialist societies

  • Localism - decision making as near as possible to where it will have impact and at community level wherever practicable

  • An integrated, whole systems approach - health, social care and wellbeing services provided through partnership working as integrated packages tailored to the needs of user, not the convenience of providers

  • Cooperative endeavour - a cooperative approach to the running of public, voluntary and private sector services with worker and user participation