UK Government Confirms NHS is NOT Exempt from Controversial Trade Deal (TTIP)

nhsgrIMREAPERTTIP is not a nice new tea bag, it is the harbinger of doom for the NHS.

The People’s NHS has called on David Cameron to use his veto to exempt the NHS from a controversial  EU-US trade deal following the admission from the government today (1 September 2014) that the NHS is included in the deal.

The French have already used their veto to exclude the French film industry.

At a press conference today (1st September) held at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Lord Livingston confirmed that the NHS was part of TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) 

The deal, known as TTIP, is being negotiated behind the closed doors of the European Commission, between EU bureaucrats and delegates from the United States. It is the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated and threatens to make privatisation of the NHS irreversible by giving the profits of corporations precedence over national lawmakers. Secret courts would grant American multinationals, or any firm with American investors, the power to sue the government if it ever attempted to take privatised health services back into public ownership.

Hull Chair Lyn Longbottom said: “Now that the government has finally admitted that the NHS is not exempt from the controversial trade deal called TTIP, David Cameron must act on voter’s concerns and get an exemption for the NHS without fail.

 “The government is allowing faceless bureaucrats in Brussels and Washington to make the sell-off of our treasured NHS permanent. The French have already used their veto to exclude the French film industry. There is no reason why the British government can’t do the same to protect the NHS.

 Theresa Vaughan is Secrertary of Save Our NHS Hull and East Yorkshire. She concluded, “The people of this country didn’t vote for selling-off our NHS and they didn’t vote to make the sell-off irreversible by giving US companies the right to sue us in secret courts. It is an outrage that this government is prepared to expose our NHS to US companies and Wall Street investors.

“Lord Livingston tried to claim that the NHS won’t be affected, in that case why is the NHS included in the deal  and why can’t the government just take the NHS out of TTIP?  The government needs to stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes and veto the inclusion of the NHS in TTIP now.”

 

A poll, carried out by Survation, questioned over 2,600 voters across 13 marginal Conservative-held seats. Respondents were asked if the National Health Service should be excluded from the deal and if David Cameron should use Britain’s veto.

Across all constituencies 68% said they opposed the inclusion of the NHS as part of the deal. Opposition was highest from those planning on voting for Labour or UKIP, 78% and 77% respectively, and just 23% of Conservative voters supported inclusion.’

64% said David Cameron should seek to exclude the NHS from the trade agreement altogether.

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5 comments

  1. There needs to be a national revolt, whoever said and voted for this in parliament want there heads tested

  2. stilloaks · · Reply

    Reblogged this on Still Oaks and commented:
    Absolutely on the money, great article.

  3. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating and commented:
    Cameron’s hoping this can be rushed through within the next 8 months ,the final death knell for the beloved NHS.

    Why the hell aren’t people talking about this and becoming angrier and angrier.I know the activists are doing all they can but jesus, everytime I go to hospital lately there’s another bit closed or privatised!

  4. jeffrey davies · · Reply

    cams words the nhs is safe in my hands like all the porkies hes told hes selling off everything to whom will suport his party with back handers sadly the 99percent who aint rich sleep through this has those that now about it cant seem to get the news out through bbc channel 4or5 they quiet has they seem to be tory mouth pieces jeff3

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