People are urging MPs to stop ‘putting the NHS under threat’

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Campaigners are urging MPs to “protect our NHS” from trade deals that could leave it “on the table”.

Ahead of a House of Commons vote on the Trade Bill, campaign group We Own It is encouraging MPs and members of the public to show their public support for the NHS.

The campaign aims to motivate MPs to vote for an amendment intended to protect the NHS in deals with other countries:

The Trade Bill

The Trade Bill sets out rules for the implementation of international trade agreements. It was first read in the House of Commons in March 2020.

In July, Conservative MPs voted down a Labour-proposed amendment to the Trade Bill. The amendment would have protected the NHS from any deal that “undermines or restricts” its status as a universal public healthcare system.

The amendment also specified that any new trade deal must allow UK authorities to:

  • Protect rights and working conditions for public sector employees.
  • Regulate the “quality and safety” of health and care services.
  • Control the pricing of medicines and medical equipment.
  • Protect patient, public health, and social care data that relates to UK citizens.

The campaign

As soon as the amendment was voted down, We Own It created a petition aimed at the House of Lords, imploring them to amend the bill. The petition currently has over 300,000 signatures.

The campaign was successful – in December, peers voted to ban any trade deal that would undermine the NHS.

However, MPs must accept these amendments. We Own It has organised members of the public, encouraging them to call or write to their MPs to ask them to vote for the amendment:

This amendment will enshrine the NHS as a public service, keeping it safe during international deals. Voting against this amendment is a vote for the ever creeping privatisation threatening to destroy the UK’s healthcare system. Now, more than ever, we all need to make our voices heard and ensure our NHS is off the table in any trade deal.

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Wikimedia Commons/SLaMNHSFT

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