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Sales Boards Up in York as Campaigners Worry About NHS Future

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7:07pm 10th December 2014

Homes in Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Moor have put up estate agent-style boards as part of a campaign raising concerns about the NHS.

An EU trade deal with America called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has led to concerns from health campaigners that parts of the NHS, which are managed by private companies, could be taken over by American firms.

The Department of Health says the NHS would not be at risk under the deal and that both the EU and US have confirmed this.

But the People's NHS is still concerned about the impact the deal could have on the NHS, with campaigners saying it could lead to a private health insurance system being brought into the UK. Although the government denies this is the case.

Alf Tinsley who lives in Skelton and put up a board said:

“The people of Skelton are demanding David Cameron uses his veto to get the NHS out of TTIP. They are appalled that our NHS could be irreversibly sold-off to US corporations . Hundreds of households are sending a clear message by raising ‘stop the sale signs’. We are also urging our MP Julian Sturdy to pressure David Cameron to take health out of the dangerous trade deal called TTIP.”

Julian Sturdy told Minster FM in a statement:

"I am very surprised by this campaign, it is a nonsense that we are selling-off the NHS, and I believe it is wrong to scaremonger about such an important issue just before Christmas. I want to make it very clear that there is no requirement in TTIP for the Government, or future Governments, to open NHS healthcare services to further competition and private sector provision."

"The Government and the European Commission have categorically stated on several occasions that US healthcare companies will not be allowed to run NHS services, and that the NHS will be completely exempt from any TTIP negotiations, if that was not the case I would make my opposition crystal clear."

"I believe passionately in our NHS both locally and nationally, and would never do anything that would compromise its founding principles of being free at the point of delivery and based on clinical need."

"My family and I continue to rely on the NHS in York alongside the vast majority of my constituents and I do not want to see it used as a political football as we approach the next general election, which I am sorry to say feels like the real intention behind this campaign."

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