The NHS is not for sale by Tom Watson:
Let me repeat that because David Cameron doesn’t seem to be listening. The NHS is NOT for sale.
His latest wheeze is to back an EU trade deal which threatens our health service and everything it stands for.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been described by War on Want as an ‘assault’ on society.
This potential treaty with the US could essentially mean more NHS privatisation. It would allow American health giants to bid for NHS contracts then sue for millions if the government tries to ditch them.
And it’s yet another example that we can’t trust Cameron to tell us the truth. No mention was made by him of the sell-off when he was out begging for votes during the 2010 general election.
The election that got him into bed with the equally untrustworthy Nick Clegg.
News of these behind-doors talks have leaked out and people around the country are outraged. In Chelmsford, hundreds have put signs in their windows demanding ‘Cameron & Hunt Estate Agents’ stop the sale.
They want the prime minister to protect the NHS by using his veto. Fat chance. Instead, we’ve got weasel words and empty assurances from the health secretary.
Of course, we already know that the coalition wants to flog off the NHS- and this deal will make it easier.
By Tom Watson Labour MP for West Bromwich East
This blog was first published on the Trade Union Group of MPs blog. Read Full Article HERE