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October 24, 2014 / politicsbitesize

An open letter to Labour

HouseCommonsThis week Politics:bitesize sent a letter to Ed Miliband, Vernon Coaker (MP for Gedling and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence) and Glenis Willmott (Labour MEP for the East Midlands) to ask about Labour’s approach to TTIP and the NHS:

Rt Hon Edward Miliband MP
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA

20/10/2014

Dear Mr Miliband,

I am writing to you as a concerned citizen regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations that are currently taking place in the European Parliament.

I would like to understand what measures the Labour Party are taking in order to protect the National Health Service (NHS) within the framework of this trade deal.  One of your notable election pledges is to repeal the Health and Social Care Act.  In order to achieve this, the Labour party must be actively engaged with the TTIP process to ensure that the parts of the NHS already privatised under this act can be renationalised should a Labour Government be elected in 2015.

As discussed in the 14th report on the ‘European Union Committee – The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ by the House of Lords in May 2014:

‘The TUC told us that they were concerned that the inclusion of investment protection provisions enforceable through an [Investor-State Dispute Settlement] ISDS mechanism “might restrict the ability of a future Government to redraw the boundary over what is provided publicly and what is provided privately in the National Health Service“.  They consequently proposed that, if ISDS was not to be dropped completely, health services should be excluded from the agreement.’

What is the Labour Party doing to safeguard the NHS in the face of the trade agreement and the worrisome ISDS mechanism buried within it?

Yours sincerely …

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