The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) met at The Memorial Hall, Pickering at 10.00 on Thursday 5 September 2013.
The first 20 minutes of the meeting are open to members of the General Public. Gwen Vardigans on behalf of Defend Our NHS (York) submitted a question on the EU/US Free Trade Agreement-Threat to the NH.
Background notes had been given at the CCG Finance meeting in August to inform the CCG:
An EU/US trade agreement has been formally launched at the June G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Negotiations for the EU/US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are due to be finalised by November 2014. Once accepted this trade agreement, which will be irreversible and beyond UK and EU law, will open opportunities for international companies to access NHS funding for profit.
This agreement will make the UK NHS more like the corporate-benefit US care system; which has both high spending on health care and yet people with no access to health care. (The US system currently spends 17% of its GDP on health compared to the UK spending of 10% of GPD).
Canada has exempted health from its trade agreements and also exempted their health care systems from ’Investor Protection’ that allows corporations to sue Governments for loss of future profits if they are unsuccessful in gaining a contract.
Q. What is the Vale of York’s CCG on this trade proposal and would they support a motion to exempt the UK NHS from the EU/US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Dr Mark Hayes, Chief Clinical Officer, replied that this was ‘high politics’ and it was doubtful whether the CCG could be involved as they had such a great deal of work locally to do. Another member of the public interjected to remind the CCG that they were public servants answerable to the public and that the EU/US agreement should support this request as it could constitute a major threat to the UK NHS. Dr Guy Porter from the CCG agreed.
A full report from Gwen is available to download here. There is a plan for video cameras to be in place and available on the web site. The official records of the meetings can be viewed on the CCG web site here.