Evasiveness during BBC interview speaks volumes
Boris Johnson was tonight asked twice whether he would rule out further NHS privatisation, during a BBC interview.
And twice he refused to do so:
Johnson even attempted to dodge the question by referring to optometrists and dentists, who are technically self-employed but are already in the NHS and have no relevance to a question about expanding privatisation.
Leading GP and health campaigner Dr Kailash Chand said:
All my life I have campaigned that it is a fundamental right to receive free healthcare at the point-of-need for all Britons. This right exists in this country regardless of your age, health, wealth, race and gender. But I think the views and policies of Boris Johnson are a threat to that concept.
Johnson lauded a TTIP trade deal with the USA as “Churchillian”. This was the very trade deal that lawyers and campaigners warned posed a very real risk to the NHS.
Johnson has expressed an interest in pursuing a Canada style trading deal with the EU . His chief purpose for doing so is it would free the UK up to negotiate a trade deal with the USA.
And we know what that could bring. TTIP documents leaked in 2016 showed US lifestyle and technological corporations were interested in tariff free access to certain goods in the UK. In addition, firms linked to the wider healthcare sector wanted the same competitive tender rights enjoyed by UK corporations.
Johnson’s admiration of Donald Trump may mean he would be keen to sign up to a bargain-basement trade deal with the US – a shoddy agreement that would slash workers’ rights, and privatise the NHS.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted video of Johnson’s unmistakable shiftiness – and restated Labour’s commitment to a fully public health service:
In fact, Labour plans not only to restore a fully public NHS, but to create a National Care Service to provide social care – and a National Education Service to ensure that young and old alike are provided for to an unprecedented level.
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