MEPs vote to exclude public healthcare services from free-trade agreement

Following lobbying by the British Medical Association (BMA), the European Parliament has voted yes to a recommendation that public healthcare services be excluded from a free-trade agreement.

MEPs have been voting today (8 July) on a report calling for the European Commission to exclude public services — including the NHS — from the scope of TTIP (transatlantic trade and investment partnership).

“We are pleased that the full session of the European Parliament has voted to recommend that public services, such as the NHS, be excluded from TTIP”, said BMA council chair Mark Porter.

“This result follows similar favourable votes by two influential European Parliament committees, and significant lobbying by the BMA at a European and UK level. Today’s development will increase pressure on the EC to remove public services from the negotiating table, and we will continue to work with MEPs and European partners to secure its implementation.”

The full BMA/TTIP?briefing can be viewed on the BMA website.

 
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