UK’s National Health Service ‘Not for Sale’ in Trade Deal With US – May
AFP 2018/ Isabel InfantesEurope21:37 05.03.2018(updated 22:10 05.03.2018) Get short URL1
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – UK Prime Minister Theresa May rules out selling off the UK National Health Service (NHS) in any future trade deal with the United States.
“I am absolutely clear that as we look to negotiate a trade deal with the United States of America, the National Health Service will remain as it is today. It will remain free at the point of use. The National Health Service is not for sale,” May said speaking at the parliament.
The UK prime minister added that London would continue to “stand by the principles of the NHS.”
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The United Kingdom is currently part of the EU single market but if London leaves it after Brexit, Britain will have to negotiate new trade deals with its partners, including the United States.
In early February, UK Prime Minister Theresa May prompted controversy in the House of Commons by refusing to give a definite answer to a question about the potential US involvement in the UK health service. The move sparked criticism of the Labour Party – the main opposition party in the United Kingdom. It came after US President Donald Trump said that the NHS was “going broke and not working,” a claim which was refuted by UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The NHS is currently under fire as lack of its financing resulted in heavy queues and long delays to treatment, which was dubbed as a health crisis by the opposition and watchdogs.