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TTIP: Government Will Not Exclude NHS from Free Trade Agreement

Posted September 01, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Finbarr Bermingham – IB Times)

The UK government has no plans to exclude the NHS, or any other public service, from the free trade agreement which is being negotiated between the EU and US.

Speaking to journalists today, Trade Minister Lord Livingston said the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would not have any impact on the NHS and, therefore, the UK negotiation team will not be pushing for its exclusion.

“The idea that this will lead to privatisation of the NHS is not true,” Livingston said, adding that individual procurement groups will make decisions over whether to use US healthcare providers and that should TTIP come into effect, “the NHS will still look like it does today”. Read more here.

Related: New Global Trade Deal: Cheaper Products But a Threat to the NHS? (DailyMirror)