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“Leave healthcare services out of TTIP agreement and protect NHS”, says Benenden

19th February 2016

With a further round of talks coming soon on the oft-debated Trans-Atlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP), Benenden joins trade organisation AIM (International Association of Mutuality) to echo earlier calls for the NHS and healthcare services to be firmly exempt from this agreement between the European Union and the United States.

Information currently available suggests that the European Commission will push for an exclusion that doesn’t protect all healthcare services. This is why Benenden and AIM are calling for a clear and comprehensively-worded exclusion that protects all healthcare services.

Benenden also remains concerned about the newly proposed system – the ‘Investment Court System’ – replacing the much maligned ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement’ (ISDS), which would engineer opportunities for commercial bodies to sue Governments for compensation and potentially limit the right of states to regulate..

Lawrence Christensen, Group Marketing Director at Benenden, explained: “From the early stages of the ongoing talks on TTIP, Benenden has engaged with European institutions to call for greater protection of our NHS and healthcare services within the agreement. We need to make sure that this is the case.” 

The next round of talks will take place in Brussels between 22nd and 26th February 2016.

For more information, please search for the AIM Press Release.

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