Labour has backed an anti-privatization bill that excludes the NHS from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Trade unionists and academics warn the cross-border deal could lead to the irreversible privatization of the health service.
Labour’s backing of the legislation comes as Ed Miliband faces increased pressure over a record low personal rating in the polls.
The anti-privatization bill would exclude the National Health Service from TTIP, a bilateral EU-US trade deal which has garnered criticism from trade union leaders and academics in Britain and other EU states.
Critics caution TTIP could lead to the permanent privatization of NHS services by prioritizing profit-seeking firms over domestic lawmakers.