Canada-EU trade accord could erode health care, say unions

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2490
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Free trade talks currently under way between Canada and the European Union risk eroding the role of the public sector in the provision of health care on both sides of the Atlantic, say public service unions.

    The unions aired their concerns after they reviewed a leaked “secret” draft text of a proposed comprehensive economic and trade agreement between the EU and Canada, which has since been posted on the internet.

    “Although free trade may sound promising, such deals largely benefit huge multinational corporations which have identified public services such as health care, education, and public security as the next frontier for making profit,” said Peter Waldorff, general secretary of Public Services International, an umbrella group representing more than 20 million civil servants belonging to 693 unions …

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