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THREE-QUARTERS of Britain’s people do not want US private healthcare firms to gain more opportunity to run NHS services, a new poll suggests.
More than 1,000 people were questioned by Survation for a poll commissioned by campaign group We Own It, amid fears that future trade deals could see overseas healthcare companies from granted more access to bid for NHS contracts.
There are also concerns that such privatisation could be “locked in” by international treaties, making it more difficult for any future government to reverse it.
With the House of Lords set to debate the next stage of the Trade Bill tomorrow, a cross-party amendment has been submitted that seeks to exempt the NHS from the provisions of any future trade deal.
In July, all Tory MPs voted to reject a similar amendment.
We Own It campaigner Johnbosco Nwogbo insisted that “concrete protections” for the NHS must be enshrined in law.
“After a year like no other, when we’ve relied so heavily on our NHS, the public are absolutely clear,” he said.
“They want a health service that delivers for the public, in public hands and with patients, not profit, at the heart of it.”
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