Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Ian meets campaigners over TTIP threat to NHS

Dudley MP Ian Austin is to meet 38 Degrees campaigners over the TTIP threat to NHS.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is to meet with 38 Degrees campaigners to hear their concerns about TTIP this Saturday (22nd September).

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a series of trade negotiations between the EU and US. TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business in areas such as the banking and food but could also affect public services such as the NHS.

The government’s plan to include healthcare in the negotiations over TTIP could increase the worrying fragmentation of health services already taking place under the Tories and could lead to privatisation.

Austin and 38 Degrees campaigners do not want to see the NHS or other public services included in the deal and having raising their concerns with the government.

Ian Austin said:

“We all agree we need to increase trade to bring jobs to places like the Black Country but public services like the NHS must be completely excluded from TTIP.

“When government policies have put one in ten jobs at Russell’s Hall at risk and people like Nigel Farage want to replace the NHS with an American style insurance system, we must ensure the NHS is protected.

“What the Government should be doing is negotiating the TTIP deal in a way that is open and accountable, and generate jobs and growth here in Britain.

“I think it's really important that the government now engages with campaigners, and resolves concerns about the role of healthcare in the deal so we can focus on drawing up a plan that delivers on jobs and growth without threatening public services.”

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