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NHS: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Question for Department of Health

UIN 218765, tabled on 15 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of agreement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on (a) service delivery and (b) costs in the NHS.

Answered on

18 December 2014

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will not affect the way the United Kingdom Government runs the National Health Service. It has been made clear by negotiators from both the United States and the European Union that it is up to the UK alone to decide how the NHS is run and any assertion that TTIP will undermine the government’s control of the NHS is a red herring.

The TTIP could offer great benefits to British business and for British jobs. Greater consistency in existing and new regulatory requirements would make it easier for companies - especially Small and Medium Enterprises - to access markets and, for patients, potentially help to increase access to new medicines and medical devices.

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