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Our NHS is not for sale: unredacted documents about secret US-UK trade talks revealed

Boris Johnson has repeatedly denied that the NHS will be up for sale during trade deal negotiations with the US, and yet again evidence has been uncovered showing he is a resolute liar.

Jeremy Corbyn has secured unredacted documents showing without question that not only are the Tories willing to sell the NHS off piece by piece, but that negotiations to this end have been ongoing and are already at an advanced stage.

We are clear that under the Labour Party our NHS is not, and never will be for sale. The NHS must remain a public service free for all at the point of need and it will never be safe in Boris Johnson’s hands.

These reports cover six rounds of talks running from July 2017 until just a few months ago. The meetings took place in both Washington DC and London.

The uncensored documents confirm the US is demanding the NHS is on the table during trade talks: big US corporations want to force up the price our NHS pays for drugs. The US and UK have already finished initial discussion on lengthening patents for medicines.

One of the reasons for US drug prices being on average 250% of those here is a patent regime rigged for the big pharmaceutical companies.

Dr Andrew Hill has warned the NHS could have to hand over £500 million a week more for medicines following a toxic Trump deal.

Labour will not let this rest because, unlike the Conservatives, we’re not on the side of the billionaires and the bankers. We’re on the side of the nurse, the doctor, the patient and the people and we will never sell out our National Health Service.

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