The Tory government’s Health and Social Care Act of 2012 accelerated the sell-off of the NHS to private health firms, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) now threatens to make this sell-off irreversible.
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 threatens to make privatisation of the NHS irreversible by giving the power to US health Companies to sue the government if it ever attempted to take privatised health services back into public ownership.
Theresa Vaughan, Secretary of Hull People’s NHS said “It is clear this government thought they could do this deal in secret, a deal that would mean the irreversible sell–off of our NHS to America. Imagine that – no way back.
We know what previous sell–offs have meant – look at energy. Remember what we were told at the time? It would be cheaper – competition would be good for us. Yet this week we see energy bosses making record profits while millions of UK citizens are living in fuel poverty.”
Lyn Longbottom is Chair of Hull People’ NHS. She said, “The campaign is growing, the demand is getting louder. Cameron can no longer ignore voters on this issue. Each one of us must go back to our communities and make the demand – veto health from TTIP. Shame on this government because they have privatised our health care with no mandate but they will not be allowed to sell-off our health service to America.”