NHS can’t be a post-Brexit bargaining chip for trade deals, says UNISON

Move would undermine efforts to roll back health service marketisation

Reacting to US President Donald Trump’s comment that the NHS could be part of a post-Brexit trade deal, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:

“The government shouldn’t stoop to allowing the NHS to be used as a bargaining chip.

“We’re close to securing legislation rolling back the hated marketisation of the health service and mustn’t squander a chance to protect it from privatisation and competition.

“Brexit campaigners said leaving the EU would allow billions to be piled into the NHS, not tear it apart.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

Media contacts:
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