Trade agreement could lock NHS into competitive market, campaign groups say

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 15 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4529
  1. Peter Davies
  1. 1London

European and US health campaigning groups have raised concerns with the US president and European Union leaders about the implications of a forthcoming free trade agreement between the EU and the United States, negotiations for which began in Washington, DC, on 8 July.

They fear that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) may damage public services in favour of commercial interests.

Meanwhile, leaked documents from the EU seem to confirm that opening state owned enterprises to competition is a priority for negotiators.

Sixty three campaigning organisations, trade unions, and consumer groups wrote to Barack Obama, European Commission president José Manuel Barroso, and European Council president Herman Van Rompuy on 8 July, denouncing the …

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