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NHS must not be put up for sale in post-Brexit trade talks, says BMA

Responding to a poll by Survation1 that found 45 per cent of respondents did not believe the Prime Minister when he said that the NHS was “off the table” in post-Brexit trade discussions, Dr David Wrigley, BMA council deputy chair, said:

“The NHS should be publicly funded, publicly provided and publicly accountable, and the BMA is clear that it must not be put up for sale in a bid to lock down post-Brexit trade deals.

“Despite the Government’s attempts to assure otherwise, the public is understandably concerned that it could still become a reality, and they too want a cast-iron guarantee.

“The Government cannot be allowed to put profit ahead of patient care. The message from doctors and the public is clear: our NHS is not for sale.”

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1. Full details are reported in the Daily Mirror.

 

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