EU/US Trade and Investment treaty needs to be got rid of altogether – NHS exemption isn’t possible

Christine Hyde, a member of Dewsbury Keep Our NHS Public, has created a petition calling on David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt to “Keep NHS Health Service Provision Fully Exempt from the EU/US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement, currently under negotiation.”

If TTIP goes ahead, it will give powers to multinational corporations to demand access to ALL public service contracts, as of right, and will extend their powers to sue governments if they don’t get what they want.

However, since creating the petition, Christine has found that the available exemption under the trade rules that govern the TTIP does not cover the NHS. Continue reading

Our NHS is being dismantled for transnational corporations – Dr Lucy Reynolds

This article is republished from the Opendemocracy website according to the terms of their Creative Commons licence

LUCY REYNOLDS 3 April 2013

As a key part of the EU-US trade deal currently being fleshed out, the Conservatives are making good on a decades old fantasy of theirs – breaking up the NHS and opening it to global business. This is the reality and it’s happening now.

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