23 August 2019
Boris Johnson is shutting down parliament to force through a no deal Brexit - and this will open the floodgates for Trump to get his hands on our NHS through a trade deal. Don't let them get away with it.
It's impossible to take the NHS "off the table" without strong new legislation to end privatisation.
That's why we are campaigning with Keep Our NHS Public and many other organisations to make this happen.
Write to your MP now and ask them to stand up for our NHS:
A trade deal with Donald Trump is a danger to our NHS and it's hurtling towards us fast. Boris Johnson has said that the NHS is ‘not on the table’ - but words are not enough.
As long as private companies continue to compete for NHS services, the NHS will automatically be included in trade deals. £9.2 billion of clinical services in England have already been privatised, and billions more in equipment, support services and buildings. Our NHS is already open to competition from private companies like Virgin Care, and American companies like United Health.
The only way to really protect our NHS is to get rid of laws that allow private contracts in the NHS. The NHS has to return to a government-run service beyond commercial exploitation. Without this, it will be impossible to exclude the NHS from a trade deal.
That's why we're asking you to take action today:
Signing a trade deal also means that current NHS privatisation will be ‘locked in’ - very difficult to reverse - with the door wide open for more deregulation and takeover by US healthcare giants in the future.
There are also new threats that come with a trade deal, like privacy violations, lowering of health and safety standards, and vital medicines becoming unaffordable.
To truly protect our NHS from a trade deal, we need legislation along the lines of the NHS Reinstatement Bill that removes privatisation and competition entirely, closes the door on US healthcare giants and protects our regulatory standards.
The Keep Our NHS Public petition on change.org to keep the NHS out of trade deals has reached nearly three quarters of a million people - join them by signing here.
For more information, read the parliamentary briefing on the Keep Our NHS Public website.
This campaign is being jointly run by Keep Our NHS Public, and is supported by change.org, OurNHS, Global Justice Now, Health Campaigns Together, Trade Justice Movement, 999 call for the NHS, Socialist Health Association, Public Matters and Transnational Institute.