UK Doctors Warn TTIP Means Certain Death for Public Healthcare

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via UK Doctors Warn TTIP Means Certain Death for Public Healthcare | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

Physicians say national health service faces lawsuits, bullying, and privatization under contentious trade pact

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

With TTIP negotiations set to continue in July, doctors in the United Kingdom have vowed to fight the deal. (Photo: Alex Proimos/cc/flickr)

Doctors in the United Kingdom are warning that passage of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will mean certain death for the country’s public healthcare system, opening the door for privatization and lawsuits from the United States’ for-profit medical industry.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Liverpool on Tuesday, Dr. Henry McKee of Belfast warned members that “if there is anything resembling an [National Health Service] by the time this treaty is in negotiation, it won’t survive this treaty.”

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