NHS and Future Trade Deals — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:41 pm on 22nd July 2019.

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Photo of Mike Hill Mike Hill Labour, Hartlepool 5:41 pm, 22nd July 2019

First, I thank the petitioners for raising this petition and the House of Commons Petitions Committee staff, who put so much effort into advertising the petition in advance of today. I also thank hon. Members for their contributions. I particularly thank my hon. Friend Faisal Rashid, Craig Mackinlay, my hon. Friend Liz Twist, the Front Benchers—Stewart Hosie and my hon. Friend Judith Cummins —and all those who made interventions.

Our NHS trusts are in deficit and creaking at the seams. NHS leaders are already in the USA, including NHS leaders from my local trust, looking at best practice over there. If the Government’s reassurances are right, the NHS will not be for sale, but as the petitioners rightly say, “Words aren’t enough”. We need the right checks and balances to protect us from trade agreements and marketisation. Ultimately, as hon. Members have said, we need to consider revoking the Health and Social Care Act 2012 in order to protect those services that thus far have not been privatised.

Question put and agreed to.


That this House
has considered e-petition 242300 relating to future trade deals and the National Health Service.

Sitting adjourned.