The demand is very simple:
We call on David Cameron to use his veto and remove the NHS from all aspects of the current TTIP negotiations. Thousands of people across the UK have joined the People’sNHS in calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to use his veto at the current TTIP negotiations.
People's NHS - Fighting TTIP
The NHS is under attack and the big health multinationals smell blood
The NHS is under attack by selfish political interests and envious multinational corporations. The introduction of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 forces the new GP led commissioning groups to consider bids from private companies, regardless of their wish to keep the NHS in public hands.
Since the 2012 act was introduced, almost 70% of contracts placed by the NHS for tender have gone to private firms, with the amount and value of these contracts set to grow exponentially, year on year as big business cherry picks its way through the health services most profitable contracts.
If this attack on the NHS from our own politicians wasn’t bad enough, The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership [TTIP] and the multinational corporations behind it, have our NHS in their sights.
TTIP and its controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement or ISDS clause, could lock in privatisation of NHS services that has already occurred. ISDS gives companies the right to sue democratically elected governments for changes to legislation that effect not only its current, but also future profits.
The experience of the government of Slovakia, where a bilateral trade deal containing ISDS was signed with the Netherlands, gives an insight to the problems we could face.
The election of a new government, brought into power on the promise of re-nationalisation of the privatised health service, triggered an arbitration court hearing brought by Achmea, a Dutch private healthcare firm. They won 30 million Euros compensation.
This precedent is especially important due to its location in Europe as John Hilary of campaign group war on want explains.
“It’s the same principle using the same basis of investment to state settlement. This shows a clear precedent, we have cases where they have been successful in suing governments and this one is particularly important because it’s in Europe. When you have opened up a service, then, if you put into your trade agreement schedule the services that the country is prepared to commit, it means that it is binding the liberalisation you have agreed to.”
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