Health campaigners from across Yorkshire and Humberside have expressed disbelief and anger over the Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir’s total failure to understand the threat that the EU trade deal TTIP poses to the NHS.
On Wednesday Amjad Bashir sent a tweet after being pressed by campaigners to support their campaign to protect the NHS from the EU trade deal called TTIP. The tweet from the MEP said “The NHS is a national institution and I’ve been reassured that it simply is not part of the TTIP negotiations.”
Amjad Bashir is seriously misinformed over a key EU trade deal that affects the people of Yorkshire and Humberside. The EU’s latest written position on Services in TTIP shows that Health Services are part of the negotiations. It also shows that the UK government is leaving the NHS exposed to new rights that TTIP will give to US investors. In other words TTIP is still putting our NHS at risk and potentially making NHS sell-offs to US private healthcare companies and other US investors irreversible.
Theresa Vaughan, Save our NHS Hull said: “ It’s deeply worrying that one of our representatives in Europe has not got the foggiest idea about what the EU are planning for our NHS. Amjad Bashir needs to get on top of his brief quickly and start batting for the people of Yorkshire and Humberside. They are totally opposed to the NHS being part of TTIP and are calling on David Cameron to deliver a robust carve-out for the NHS from TTIP. Our local MEP must do the same.”
The TTIP trade deal is being negotiated behind closed doors, between EU bureaucrats and delegates from the United States. It is the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated and threatens to make the on-going privatisation of the NHS irreversible by giving the profits of corporation’s precedence over national lawmakers. TTIP could 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.