The London People’s Health Movement (PHM), in collaboration with local organisations in East London including Keep Our NHS Public, Docs not Cops, Social Action for Health, Medact, Radical Housing for Health, Health Poverty Action, Doctors of the World, Queen Mary’s University arranged the UK’s 3rd People’s Health Assembly in October 2016. Like the 2nd in Scotland, this event once again aimed to connect our national assembly with local groups and projects, this time those around the Tower Hamlets area of East London.
The assembly ran over 2 days – the first allowing a local focus on how people are fighting back against the health inequity in East London to ensure better health and stronger communities, the 2nd building on the experiences of the wider UK and European PHM networks. Further focusses included migrants and refugees, housing and the threats to the NHS and the voluntary sector. The event ended with a series of discussions about how to build a stronger movement in the UK and Europe, reflecting on events since the 1st PHA in Nottingham in 2012.