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Benenden joins European mutuals in calling the EU Parliament to further protect the NHS in Trade Agreement

29th May 2015

The umbrella organisation which represents Benenden’s interests in Europe has welcomed the latest vote on TTIP (the proposed EU-US Trade Agreement). Benenden sees it as a step in the right direction for the protection of healthcare within the agreement and calls on the European Parliament as a whole to confirm it.

A vote yesterday (28th May) in Brussels in the European Parliament has been the first test to show Europeans that their political representatives in Brussels have addressed the possible negative impact of the trade agreement for healthcare and the financing of healthcare, including the NHS. Members of the European Parliament have decided to call the negotiators to protect public services including healthcare from TTIP through a resolution whose final adoption will take place in June.

Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden said: “As a mutual, Benenden believes in the fundamental principle of the UK's National Health Service that healthcare should be accessible for all. We put this into practice ourselves by our core product being available to everyone regardless of pre-existing health conditions or age. This principle should not be undermined at EU level by allowing excessive market forces-led privatisation of the National Health Service. We therefore call on all MEPs to commit to protecting the NHS and healthcare when the next vote is taken in a few days’ time.”

With the current challenges that our health system is already facing such as budgetary cuts and an ageing society, the United Kingdom needs to retain the full ability to regulate our healthcare system.

To learn more about our position, you can go to the AIM website.

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