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The NHS is being taken over by Wall Street. And Cameron won’t stop it

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The NHS is being taken over by Wall Street. And Cameron won’t stop it

The prime minister’s refusal to exempt our health service from a deal that will make it impossible to reverse privatisation really is a matter of life and death
Brighton TTIP demo
‘From Dorset to Dumfriesshire there are growing numbers of people getting angry when they learn about Cameron’s continued refusal to protect the NHS from TTIP.’ Photograph: Kate Nye/Kate Nye/Demotix/Corbis

Will David Cameron go down in history as the man who gave away this country’s greatest achievement to Wall Street, the man who enabled big American healthcare access to our hospital wards? The answer will be yes – unless the prime minister makes it clear once and for all that he will protect the NHS from the world’s largest bilateral trade negotiations, happening right now in Brussels.

Make no mistake, we are in the fight of our lives to save the NHS from being sold off lock, stock and barrel. But to make matters even worse a trade deal called TTIP (the transatlantic trade and investment partnership) will mean that reversing the damage done by this government could be impossible unless Cameron acts.

This week faceless bureaucrats from Brussels and Washington are negotiating behind the closed doors of the European commission. You may well ask what trade negotiations in Brussels have got to do with the NHS. But these talks matter to every man, woman and child in the UK. In fact people across the country are campaigning up and down the high streets of our towns to raise awareness of the danger. From Dorset to Dumfriesshire there are growing numbers of people getting angry when they learn about Cameron’s continued refusal to use his veto to protect the NHS from TTIP.

The trade deal would create a single market between the European Union and the United States, and the British government has given the negotiators a free hand to negotiate away our rights to control our health system.

The government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012 opened the floodgates to the NHS sell-off. The act has massively increased the number of private providers in the NHS. Since this act came in to force, 70% of health services put out to tender have gone to the private sector.

Many of these companies are US-based or have Wall Street investors. Serco, for example, is involved in the provision of health services within the NHS and is owned by big Wall Street investment firms such as Invesco, Fidelity and BlackRock. Now Cameron is set on giving these US investors new powers to sue any future UK government if it makes changes to health policy that might stop the dollars rolling in.

The deal will mean that American investors will be able to haul any UK government that tries to reverse privatisation to a tribunal – the “investor state dispute settlement” that would operate outside the law of this land. These tribunals will have the power to award billions in damages and compensation for lost profits and the loss of projected future profits, with no right of appeal. Yes, that is right – no right of appeal.

In short, the British public would face massive costs to bring NHS services back into public hands, making it nigh on impossible.

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The #NHS has been offered up to the private sector, says Britain’s chief doctor

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The NHS has been offered up to the private sector, says Britain’s chief doctor

Health Reporter

In a strongly worded attack, Dr Mark Porter, chair of council for the British Medical Association, accused the Coalition of ushering in a “a bumper year for multinationals” and of inflicting cuts to the health service driven by an “uninformed and arrogant assumption” that the NHS is inefficient.

Speaking to doctors at the BMA’s annual conference, Dr Porter said that doctors would “fight every day” until the General Election to expose “the chronic lack of investment” in the NHS.

Fears over mounting pressures on the health service are dominating the final BMA conference before the 2015 election. In a sign of deep frustration with the Government, doctors voted to oppose their plans for a “seven-day NHS” in which non-urgent services would be available at the weekend – arguing that under current NHS budget constraints, hospitals would have to close in order to free up cash to pay doctors and nurses to work extra hours.

Doctors are also furious over the increasing role of competition and private providers in the NHS. Although the Government maintains that its health reforms did not change NHS competition laws, Dr Porter said that “whatever the reassurances, a bizarre market culture has been created”.

Members voted overwhelmingly in support of a motion expressing “dismay” at recent figures which suggested that private providers had won the majority of tenders for NHS services since the Coalition’s health reforms.

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NHS SOS : The #NHS, our national treasure, is being compromised, says #Derbyshire campaigner

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The NHS, our national treasure, is being compromised, says Derbyshire campaigner

By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: June 19, 2014

Christine Jordan

Christine Jordan

 Comments (0)Christine Jordan is the chairman of the Belper SOS NHS group – which was set up to highlight concerns that changes to the health service could lead to it becoming privatised.

THE NHS is our national treasure – admired the world over – yet it is being forced to change and not for the better.

The Health and Social Care Act of 2012 is making the NHS into a valuable market, estimated to be worth £20 billion.

The founding principle of the NHS was a service for everybody, paid for by everybody, owned by everybody, free at the point of delivery – and this is now being compromised.

Powerful private organisations and lobbyists close to Government and with significant financial interests are profoundly influencing what is happening.

The policy and monitoring functions of the new system are now in their hands. These changes are not about efficiency, patient choice or even about putting the service into the hands of professionals – they are about breaking it up and selling it off to private companies.

Interested companies from around the world are involved, and, with huge resources behind them, they can afford to bid at a loss in order to gain access to this lucrative market.

And, of course, instead of ploughing back profits into the system they can take their profits to tax havens around the world.

Already profitable parts of the system are being invisibly sold off – catering, cleaning, GP out-of-hours cover, blood tests, physiotherapy, audiology, x-rays and scans.

Other less profitable services are b

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