Hundreds of NHS supporters protested at the Scottish Parliament today over the UK government’s refusal to use its veto to protect the NHS from TTIP. They are calling on the Scottish politicians to use their power to influence the UK Government.

The protest coincided with hundreds of households in Edinburgh taking a collective stand against the threat of the irreversible sell-off of their health services to US companies by displaying ‘Get our NHS out of TTIP’ signs.

Drumbrae Terrace

Anti-TTIP signs in Drumbrae Terrace, Edinburgh

The protests were timed to correspond with Lord Livingston – the UK’s trade minister – giving evidence to a Holyrood committee. Activists are calling on Lord Livingston to support the People’s NHS campaign to exclude the NHS from TTIP.

Over 100 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have pledged their support for the People’s NHS campaign which demands that Prime Minister David Cameron uses his veto to exclude the NHS from TTIP.

Today is latest in the continuation of a growing nationwide movement by the People’s NHS across thousands of households throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Over 100 MSPs have already pledged their support for the People’s NHS campaign which demands that Prime Minister David Cameron use his veto to exclude the NHS from TTIP. A pledge to protect the NHS is circulating in Holyrood and MSPs joined protesters to show their support.

Protesters outside the Scottish Parliament, 19 February 2015

Protesters outside the Scottish Parliament, 19 February 2015

Around 300 houses in streets across Corstorphine, Ratho and Ratho Station have placed estate agent style signs outside their homes calling for Cameron to stop the sale of the NHS, and use his veto to protect the health service from TTIP. This is the continuation of a growing nationwide movement by the People’s NHS across thousands of households throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Linda Clarke, Peoples’ NHS activist and a former NHS worker said:

“Scotland is sending a strong message to David Cameron – use your veto and protect our NHS. We represent millions of Scots who believe it’s simply wrong for the NHS to be part of a US trade deal.

“Our campaign is supported by the majority of Scottish politicians. SNP, Labour, Greens and Independent MSPs have all committed their support to exempt our NHS from TTIP.

“We are here today to ensure Lord Livingston understands how deeply we value and care for our NHS. Lord Livingston must take this message to David Cameron. Use your veto to protect our NHS. The people of Scotland will accept nothing less.”

Teresa Lavery, a local Ratho resident adds:

“Not only is there a major protest outside the Scottish Parliament but hundreds of households in my community and beyond are delivering a clear message by displaying ‘protect our NHS’ signs in Edinburgh.”


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