McMillan Argues TTIP Must Not Lead to NHS Privatisation

Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) has highlighted his opposition to any proposals in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to include the National Health Service.

The UK Government is currently negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the United States and a number of concerns have been raised regarding the future of health services.

Mr McMillan said:

“I have recently received email correspondence from dozens and dozens of constituents who are concerned that TTIP will lead to the privatisation of their health service.

“Like them, I have genuine concerns regarding the proposals, specifically surrounding the health service.

“We are led to believe that Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will remove trade barriers and make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the European Union and United States. However, my constituents have genuine concerns that any agreement will allow investors from the United States to come in and ‘cherry pick’ the best bits of the NHS and privatise those services.

“I wrote to the UK Government to convey my concerns and to ask what actions it was taking to ensure TTIP does not allow the NHS, either in Scotland or England to be privatised. Furthermore, I asked what guarantees they can provide that there will be no job losses as a result of TTIP.

“It’s vital we know what the trade agreement will mean for Scotland and our cherished health service.”

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