NHS should be excluded from TTIP, Cumbernauld’s MP says

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 22:02 on 6 February 2015

Politics    Labour    Europe

Keep TTIP away from our NHS, McClymont (above) says. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

CUMBERNAULD, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s man at Westminster has said that his party will ‘say no to TTIP in our NHS’.

Gregg McClymont, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s Labour Member of Parliament has said that the NHS is simply “too important to be put at risk” by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

The Partnership, which is referred to by some at TTIP is a proposed partnership between the European Union and the United States of America that would aim to knock down trade barriers between the EU and America.

However, the Partnership has not been warmly received by many people in Britain, with the main controversy surrounding the fear that the Partnership could in fact result in an American style privatisation of the UK National Health Service.

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s MP, though, has said that the NHS is “our most important asset and shouldn't be open to international competition”.

The Labour man said: “Our NHS is far too important to be put at risk by a trade agreement. It must be exempt from TTIP.

“We have seen how some private companies in America have responded to the introduction of a limited public health system they have dubbed 'ObamaCare'. If that's how they respond to modest reforms in America then we need to make crystal clear that our NHS is beyond the reach of that international money making instinct.

“David Cameron needs to be clear on this – our NHS must be exempt from TTIP. I hope Nicola Sturgeon and the other Scottish leaders follow Jim Murphy’s lead and pledge to oppose TTIP.

“In Scotland we don’t call it the healthcare industry. We call it the NHS and TTIP should not be allowed anywhere near it."