With the English NHS under increasing threat, and NHS Grampian under increasing strain, Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, will back Labour’s new Bill to repeal the Tory’s competition rules that are driving the privatisation of the NHS in England. The Bill would also opt the Scottish NHS along with the NHS across the whole of the UK out of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Today, Labour MP Clive Efford has introduced a Bill in Parliament which will set tough controls on privatisation, scrap competition frameworks and make sure local patients are always put first. The Bill would also see the Scottish NHS being opted out of the TTIP preventing it from being opened up to unwanted private competition.
Dame Anne Begg said:
The Tory’s approach in England is to let private companies cherry-pick the most profitable NHS services, regardless of patient need, and spend more money on economic regulators and competition lawyers.
Instead, Labour will ensure that the NHS once again prioritises patients. Labour will rescue the NHS with our £2.5 billion Time to Care package which will fund new staff including 20,000 more nurses. This will also provide extra funding of hundreds of millions to Scotland which will be vital in helping address the underfunding of our NHS.
I have received hundreds of email correspondence from my constituents on this important vote. I am proud to vote today to stop privatisation of the NHS in England, and to work with my colleagues from across the United Kingdom to make sure our NHS in Scotland is opted out of TTIP.