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MPs to debate a petition relating to trade deals and the NHS

12 November 2020

On Monday 16 November, MPs will debate a petition relating to trade deals and the NHS. 

The debate will be led by Petitions Committee member Martyn Day MP. MPs from all parties can take part, and a Minister from the Department for International Trade will respond on behalf of the Government. 

Omit the NHS from any future trade deal with the US 

The petition, which has more than 111,000 signatures, states: “As the Coronavirus escalates, there are concerns that a trade deal between the UK Government and the US deal might not exempt our NHS, leaving it vulnerable to privatisation and in direct contradiction to promises this would not happen.” 

In response to the petition, the Government said: “The government has been clear that protecting the UK’s right to regulate in the public interest and protecting public services, including the NHS, is of the upmost importance.” 

What are petitions debates? 

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers. 

Stay up-to-date 

Follow the Committee on Twitter for real-time updates on its work  

Join in the discussion using hashtag #NHSTradeDealsDebate 

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