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The Murky Pro-Corporate Trade Agenda is Bad For Our Health In the run-up to the EU referendum, discussion of the threat posed by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to the NHS and Britain’s wider public sector moved from the shade of the NGOs and think-tanks, through the Overton window, and out into the fresh air of public debate. Important but arcane issues were discussed, such as how TTIP’s procurement rules would force the NHS to contract out services, and the new rights afforded to private health companies to sue Britain for national public health policies that could harm […]
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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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Geraint Davies MP (Swansea West) is pictured receiving a petition from 38 degrees members in his area raising concerns about the impact of TTIP upon the power of Parliament to  manage and oversee trade agreements.  Among those handing over the petition is Tony Beddow, secretary of SHA Cymru Wales. Tony said ” Geraint Davies has been at the forefront in Parliament of exposing the secrecy surrounding the TTIP deals and his Bill requiring Parliamentary scrutiny of trade agreements is a welcome attempt to retain powers in Westminster. We  can’t trust anything the British Government says on these trade deals. We also need […]
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People’s health in the UK and across Europe is threatened by plans to introduce measures that could lower vital health, consumer safety and environmental standards to dangerous levels, say 71 public health organisations from 41 European countries in a joint statement today. The UK Faculty of Public Health and the European Public Health Association are calling on the EU to oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and United States. Professor John Ashton, President of FPH, said: “We believe TTIP is a threat to the public’s health. The EU tells […]
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To Lord Livingston from Cecilia Malstrom, European Commissioner for Trade 26 January 2015 I am writing to follow up our meeting in November 2014, when you suggested that it would be helpful for me to write to correct some of the misconceptions circulating about the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. As you know, the EU’s chief negotiator for TTIP, Ignacio Garcia Bercero, wrote to the Chair of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on this subject in July last year. The situation has not changed but I would like to underline some of the points made. To […]
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The impact of the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership on public health The Faculty of Public Health, the specialist body for public health in the United Kingdom, is concerned about the damaging potential of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for public health, environmental protection and sustainability. TTIP is being touted as a major benefit for trade between the European Union and America.  But the means by which greater trade is to be gained is through deregulation of standards of health and safety, standards in consumer safety, environmental, and public protection.  The deal is also likely to further add to […]
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To avoid potential misunderstandings I am clear that anything that US Corporations might agree to must be opposed. And healthcare and markets can never sensibly be reconciled. Anyway. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States. Proponents say the agreement would result in multilateral economic growth while critics say it would increase corporate power and make it more difficult for governments to regulate markets for public benefit. Negotiations about TTIP have been taking place for some time but many claim these are far from open and transparent.  […]
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Text of letter from Ignacio Garcia Bercero, director of the USA and Canada division in the European commission to Rt Hon John Healey MP, Member of Parliament for Wentworth & Dearne 8 July 2014 Dear Mr Healey, When we last met in March, you asked me to explain how the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations could affect the National Health Service (NHS), particularly with regards to the mix of public and private health service delivery that the NHS currently employs. Now that the consultation on investment protection in TTIP is well underway, I would like to set out the Commission’s […]
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Both the SHA and the Labour Party have always been clear that our healthcare should not be the subject of a market; our NHS should not be based on markets and competition. It has always been the case that EU members had considerable freedom over how they organised their care systems.  EU Public Procurement Rules were brought into domestic law by the Public Contracts Regulations in 2006 but only a “light touch” regime was necessary for clinical services (Part B in the current framework) and this did not require every service to be subject to compulsory competitive tendering. This exemption […]
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The NHS changes have been both promoted and fought as a national issue. However, they are actually part of the preparation for a corporate-interest US/EU Free Trade Agreement. David Cameron has flagged[i] this trade deal, due to be formally launched in the spring, as his priority in his chairing of the G8 this year[ii]. Even though the NHS changes have at this point been fixed in the complex legislative framework of the Health and Social Care Bill, the relationship to this wider international investment context has still not emerged as public information. What opportunities does knowledge of this background provide?

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