TTIP is NOT a new brand of Tea Bag! It is a dangerous Trade Agreement between the USA and the European Union which will force “competition” in services. If Cameron and Clegg don’t exempt the NHS then any US company can SUE for access to contracts. The NHS will be killed off as private profiteers carve it up.
TTIP is a profound threat to public services, which will not only
lead to further liberalisation but will make it harder for government to regulate
private companies providing public services. It could effectively prevent a future
government bringing those services back in-house.
UNISON says TTIP is designed to: Open markets in the services sector, including public services, to delivery from private companies.
Introduce investment protection provisions that include Investor-State Dispute
Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms which allow multinational corporate investors to
challenge government actions which they perceive as threatening to their investment.
Open up access to public procurement markets and eliminate preferential treatment to
local suppliers.(The NHS in our case)
The large-scale privatisation of the NHS ushered in by the Health and Social Care Act
is encouraging large US health companies to maximise their opportunities for profit.
The danger is that any subsequent government seeking to bring elements of the health
service back into public control would lay themselves open to expropriation litigation
under the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms that TTIP will set up.
Given the size of American health companies and their frequent use of litigation, these investors are likely to wield considerable power and lobby for the continued privatisation
of the health service.