Hyslop Backs NHS Protection Bill from US Trade Deals
Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop supports the Bill being brought to Westminster by the SNP today (Wednesday 5th Feb) that will protect Scotland’s NHS from privatization and protect it from increased drug fees as a result of UK Trade deals.
The SNP’s Bill brought forward by Glenrothes MP Peter Grant aims to prevent future UK Governments from signing up to trade agreements that could threaten the foundations of the health service. It would also give the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Parliaments and Assemblies a final say over whether trade deals impact on their NHS.
The proposal was a key pledge in the SNP’s manifesto in the recent General Election, which saw the party win overwhelmingly in Scotland.
“Our NHS is a vital service for our country and communities that has cared for us for over 70 years. It is of paramount importance that we, as elected representatives, do everything in our power to protect these services.
“While most aspects of health policy are devolved to the Scottish Parliament, we currently cannot stop Westminster Governments from entering into trade deals that potentially put our NHS at risk.
“I am pleased to give my support to this Bill coming into Westminster on the 5th of February and if other parties at Westminster are as serious about protecting our NHS, there should be no issue with all MPs backing this Bill.”