Campaigners out in Harlow to save the NHS

Politics / Mon 1st Sep 2014 at 07:59am

LOCAL activists gathered on Saturday, 30th August at the Obelisk in Broad Walk to “spread the word about a dangerous international trade deal which they say could put the NHS at risk”.

The campaigners – members of campaign group 38 Degrees and Harlow TUC – met to talk to shoppers and hand out leaflets explaining the issues surrounding a “damaging new trade deal between the EU and USA”.

They joined almost 10,000 people across the country who took part in the national day of action.

A spokesperson said: “The agreement – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – would force NHS trusts across the country to open themselves up to competition from American private healthcare providers.

The pact also includes provisions to allow multinational businesses to sue the government if British laws dent their profits. Critics say this would expose the government to lawsuits if it tried to take privatised health services back into public ownership.

More than 125,000 people have signed a 38 Degrees petition against the deal and scores of Harlow shoppers added their names.

This week, a YouGov poll commissioned by 38 Degrees found that 42% of people say that they don’t trust the government to protect the NHS.

And 39% of those surveyed by YouGov said the treaty would be bad for the UK – three times as many as those who say it would be good for the country (13%)”.

Councillor Waida Forman, who joined the day of action at the Obelisk, said: “I joined the protest to make people aware of a secret trade deal that would have a damaging impact on public services, plus threaten our right to see parliament enact tough regulation of private companies without outside interference.”

Blanche Jones, campaign director at 38 Degrees, said: “It’s no surprise that thousands of people are taking to the streets about this terrible deal. Our NHS is being used as a bargaining chip in a decision made behind closed doors.

“By talking to others about the deal, 38 Degrees members will be forcing this issue out of backroom negotiations and into the spotlight.

“Now politicians of all parties need to explain exactly what they’re doing to get it fixed or scrapped.”

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2 Comments for Campaigners out in Harlow to save the NHS:

2014-09-01 15:37:16

How can a Labour supporting TUC object to this deal signed between an EU they support and don't want reformed, and a referendum for the people they don't want? This is what the EU gives you - that's why we in UKIP want out! The phrase is something about glasshouses and stones!

2014-09-01 22:20:57

What breath taking hypocrisy! Can the TUC and Labour members not see that their support for the EU is the reason the NHS is under threat...

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