Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP – West of Scotland) pledged to protect Scotland’s NHS by calling on David Cameron to use his veto to protect the NHS from the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Stuart McMillan signed Unite’s pledge to demand that David Cameron vetoes TTIP unless the NHS is “fully and clearly exempted” from the agreement.Stuart McMillan said:
“Protecting the NHS is rightly one of the most important priorities of people in Scotland and the duty we have to protect it is something the SNP takes extremely seriously.
“That is why SNP MSPs will pledge that if TTIP does not explicitly exempt the NHS from the agreement, then we will call on the Prime Minister to veto the agreement.
“Scotland’s NHS as a publicly owned and operated institution is too important to be put at risk from TTIP. It must be protected and the SNP will always do everything in our power to ensure that happens.
“In May, the people of Scotland have a wonderful opportunity to secure meaningful influence and power in Westminster. Every SNP vote is a vote for a party that only has one key goal – to best represent the people of Scotland. So the more SNP seats there are, the more we’ll be able to ensure that Westminster does not lose sight of the things that are most important – starting with the NHS.
“Protecting Scotland’s NHS is at the heart of our Westminster campaign. SNP MPs in a hung Parliament will use their clout to protect our budget from Westminster’s agenda of austerity, patient charging and privatisation.
“Protecting Scotland’s NHS will always be our priority and I am proud to have signed this pledge.”
The text of the pledge is as follows:
We the undersigned believe that the provision of public healthcare by the NHS is much too important to be put at risk by the EU-US trade agreement, known as TTIP. In particular:
• TTIP must not restrict the scope for decisions by any level of government, public authority or NHS organisation relating to public healthcare;
• TTIP must not give current or future US investors new rights that they could use to sue any level of government, public authority or NHS organisation because of their policies or actions relating to public healthcare.
We therefore call on the Prime Minister to make a clear statement to the European Trade Council that the UK will veto TTIP unless the NHS is fully and clearly exempted from the agreement and to use the veto if that exemption is not achieved.
had previously written to the UK Government regarding this issue. His letter, and the reply from the UK Government are attached.