Wednesday 23 October 2019 / 10:38 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

Labour seeks to rule out NHS privatisation in Commons vote today

With the Queen’s Speech debate back in parliament today (Wednesday), the Labour Party has secured focus on the NHS and will force a vote to rule out privatisation and any future Trump-style deals.

In a parliamentary procedure known as a ‘regret motion’, Labour will make the case against NHS privatisation and expose the failings of the Conservative Government’s Queen’s Speech in relation to the NHS. Labour will force a vote to get parliament’s backing to bring the NHS back into the hands of the public, specifically calling on parliament to fully protect the NHS from all aspects of future trade agreements.


Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s shadow health secretary, said:

“The truth is that thanks to the Tory reorganisation of the NHS, where billions of pounds of health contracts are privatised every year, the NHS is on the table in any trade deal with Donald Trump.

“The Tory sell-out deal will see US corporates running more NHS services while big US pharmaceutical companies force our NHS to pay more for vital medicines.

“Under the Tories, NHS privatisation has more than doubled. The only way to protect our NHS is to bin the Tory privatisation rules and restore a public NHS for all.”



Notes to Editors:

  • The debate will take place this afternoon and will be opened by Jonathan Ashworth and closed by Barry Gardiner, shadow international trade secretary.
  • Labour’s amendment to the Queens Speech expresses parliament’s regret that the speech: “[D]oes not repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to restore a publicly provided and administered National Health Service and protect it from future trade agreements that would allow private companies competing for services who put profit before public health and that could restrict policy decisions taken in the public interest.”