Trade Agreements: NHS

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the need to protect the NHS when considering any future trade deal.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The treatment of the NHS in trade agreements has not been raised in any discussions between my Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade and his international counterparts. The Government has consistently been clear in its engagement with international counterparts that the NHS is of the utmost importance for the UK and will always be protected in trade deals.

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