Threat from trade deal

People in this country are rightly proud of the NHS – but many are angry at the creeping privatisation now being introduced.

The service will be further threatened if a trade deal currently being negotiated with the United States goes ahead.

The EU-US trade deal aims to open both health care and education up to competition by American companies. Under the deal, a future UK Government could also find itself being sued for billions of pounds if it attempts to reverse NHS privatisation measures.

The government of Slovakia has already been sued for reversing the privatisation of its own health system.

Public health and education are essential for a fair society, and we must not let the government sign away our rights to these services.

There is a growing campaign against the deal organised by a variety of groups, including the World Development Movement, and I hope readers will join me in supporting it.

Isabel Aitken