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    Who would have thought that the NHS would be such a significant aspect of the debate on the UK’s membership of the EU? With campaigns for the referendum on 23 June 2016 underway, all sorts of claims are being made about the effects of EU membership on the NHS, and people have been rightly wondering whether they are accurate. Here are some of the questions that I have been asked (others are covered here): Q1.  What influence does the EU have on the NHS now – does the EU make decisions about our NHS? Q2.  What – if anything – […]
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    Introduction The UK Government has determined that on 23rd June 2016 the British people have to take a really momentous decision: whether the UK should remain as a member of the EU, or leave it. That decision will have major implications for the future health of the British Public. The EU affects our health and health services in many and complex ways; usually to our benefit (1). However, surprisingly few people appreciate that over half of the determinants of the health of all EU citizens are subject to legislation and policy development at EU level. This is largely because nearly […]
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    TTIP and privatisation of the NHS Many of us have expressed grave concerns about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, better known as the TTIP. In 2013, European governments instructed the European Commission to negotiate a free-trade deal with the United States. Like all free-trade deals, TTIP brings potential benefits, but also considerable risks. However, in this case, the stakes are especially high given the difference between the market oriented health system in the United States and the system of national health systems in Europe based on universal coverage and solidarity. The situation has not been helped by the high […]
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    First published on the Euroblog  There are shocking differences in the number of years Londoners can expect to live, depending on their post code. A recent Office of National Statistics report outlines that men in the London borough of Richmond can look forward to 70 years of a healthy life compared with just 60 years in my borough in Barking and Dagenham. That means that almost a year is lost for every stop on the district line from Richmond to Barking for residents living in East London. This demonstrates that there is a lot more work that needs to be […]
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