On or off the table, Keep Our NHS Public is clear why we don't want the Trump administration anywhere near our NHS.
Whatever Donald Trump says about the NHS being off the table again, the fact is that – thanks to the 2012 Health and Social Care Act – parts of the NHS have been opened up to European and American markets in a big way for the last 6 years, even worse than under the governments of Thatcher and Blair. As we move into uncertain times, vultures are beginning to circle and things could get worse again. A trade agreement between this Conservative Government and the Trump administration would have dire consequences for the NHS as a universal, free, publicly owned and publicly run service.
If you want to help the campaign behind the massive petition 'Donald Trump: Hands Off Our NHS!' and make sure we have an NHS that offers world class services now and future generations, here's five things we're asking you to do:
If you're here you've probably signed the petition already but if you haven't now's your chance! It's quick and easy and every one counts...
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Write to your MP
Please write to your Member of Parliament and make sure they know how you feel about this issue. If you like you can use this letter we've prepared for you.
Please press the Government to declare the NHS to be a public service outside of ‘general economic interest’ and not for commercial competition.
I am really worried at the possibility of our NHS being on the table as part of US-UK or any other trade talks. I do not believe Trump's U-turn. I am also troubled by the intentions of NHS England to contract out sections of the NHS in large contracts.
This is happening now for NHS pathology and specialist imaging services for example.
In Canada, it is illegal to profit from hospital healthcare. In Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, New Zealand and many other countries, governments have declared their healthcare to be a public service protected from public competition regulations. Why is England’s NHS offered up for profiteering?
States do not have to open their public health services to competition from private providers, nor do they have to outsource services to private providers. States are free to change their policies and bring back outsourced services back into the public sector whenever they choose to do so.
We ask you to pressurise the Government to to declare the NHS to be a public service outside of commercial exploitation and end its position of insisting that the NHS services are part of the open market. This is the way forward to protect the NHS from Trump and for-profit corporates, be they US, British or multinational.
Just copy and paste the letter into your email browser and send to your MP. If you're not sure who your MP is and what their email address is, we've provided this useful tool:
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