MP demands ‘guarantee’ over

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By Sian Cripps
Monday, 10 June, 2019, 14:20

Stephen Hepburn MP is advocating that the NHS should be protected against any deal with our American allies in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Stephen said: “The Minister will be aware of the potential threat to the NHS from any transatlantic trade deal done by the EU.

“Will he give a cast-iron guarantee that any post-Brexit deal done with the US will maintain the principles of the NHS, free at the point of use?”

In response, Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, said: “Of course, post-EU, it will be the Government and this Parliament that will determine what trade arrangements we have, not the European Union.

“I understand the Hon Gentleman’s passionate defence of the NHS. I trained and worked in the NHS as a doctor.

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“Under this Government, the NHS will not be for sale, and I would hope that is something we can agree across the House,” Dr Fox added.

Mr Hepburn continued to say: “Theresa May stood next to Donald Trump as he said our NHS will be ‘on the table’ in a US trade deal.

“Our NHS is very precious and our health service must not – and never would be for sale under a Labour government.”

Mr Hepburn has promised to continue his work and press the government strongly on this issue at every possible opportunity available.