11 November 2020
In July, Conservatives in the House of Commons voted against an amendment to the Trade Bill that would protect our NHS from trade deals, despite their manifesto promise to keep our NHS "off the table" in trade deals.
The Bill is now in the House of Lords and over 300,000 people have signed our petition calling on peers to pass an amendment to exclude our NHS from trade deals. Over 21,000 have signed our letter to the leaders of the main parties in the Lords asking them to whip their members to back an NHS amendment.
As we showed in a blog in October, the NHS protection amendment would protect our NHS by (i) preventing hikes to drug prices, (ii) protecting the employment rights of NHS workers, (iii) prohibiting the sale of our patient data to private companies and (iv) excluding our NHS from the purview of any investor-state dispute settlement clause in the trade deal. Without an amendment that protects our NHS, we run the risk of exposing our NHS to pillaging by huge multinational private companies.
On Wednesday, 11th November, hundreds of people across the country took action to declare their local NHS hospital a trade deal free zone and called on their MPs to VOTE to protect our NHS when the Trade Bill returns to the House of Commons. Here's a cross-section of them:
Abbeymead Surgery - Romsey
Bristol Children's Hospital - Bristol
Bristol Royal Infirmary - Bristol
Buttercross Health Centre - Somerton
Dewsbury and District Hospital - Dewsbury
Macclesfield District General Hospital - Macclesfield
Ormskirk and District General Hospital - Ormskirk
St Helier Hospital - Carshalton
Stepping Hill Hospital - Stockport
Swindon NHS Health Centre - Swindon
University Hospital Lewisham - Lewisham
Hereford County Hospital - Hereford
Lewes Victoria Hospital - Lewes
Royal Hallamshire Hospital - Sheffield
St George Hospital - Tooting
Station Drive Surgery - Ludlow
Southbourne Surgery - Chichester