MP demands ‘guarantee’ over


By sian.cripps1
Monday, 10th June 2019, 2:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th June 2019, 8:05 pm

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?”

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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.

“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.