MP gives assurance on health services

Campaigners concerned about the future of the NHS have been advised to vote for an EU exit.

Friday, 4th March 2016, 08:20 am
Updated Saturday, 5th March 2016, 09:06 am
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative MP for Berwick Upon Tweed

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan was responding to concerns raised by members of the People’s NHS.

They believe an EU trade deal called TTIP poses a real and serious threat to Britain’s NHS. TTIP, or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, promises investors new legal rights to sue future UK governments who might want to reverse privatisation of the NHS.

Mrs Trevelyan, however, insists it will still be for EU member states to make decisions and believes TTIP should not affect how the NHS decides which organisations can most effectively provide its services.

She said: “I have received assurances from the UK Government that individual EU member states such as the UK will retain control over their public services and will continue to be free to determine how to run their own health services.

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“The reality is that the UK is only 1/28th of the decision-making voice on what TTIP will look like, so if people remain concerned, the only way in which to ensure the UK and the NHS cannot be subject to the EU’s trade deal with the USA is to vote to leave the EU.”