U.K. Doctors Want NHS Out of TTIP Now*
By Michaela Whitton
Doctors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of urging the U.K. Government to remove health and social care services from the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. A debate on the first day of the British Medical Association’s annual meeting in Liverpool argued that TTIP is designed to meet the interests of private corporations and opens up the health service to privatization by U.S. firms.
Edinburgh general practitioner Dr. Gregor Venters said, “It will have a deleterious effect on public health and make privatisation of the NHS not only possible but probable. The least we can expect is the exclusion of health and social care and public health policy from the process.“
The Health and Social Care Act of 2012 trashed the founding NHS principles of free services and universal access by paving the way for private providers to profit…
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