Boris Johnson 'Selling NHS'

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Jeremy Corbyn reveals 451 pages of uncensored pages 'proving NHS up for sale'

 

A UK trade minister held a meeting with a US drugs giant last year, where they discussed “future trade” deals post-Brexit.

 

The revelation backs the Labour party’s claim the Tories will sell off the National Health Service to Donald Trump and American corporations.

 

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Evidence of the talks, which took place in August 2018, were revealed in minutes of the meeting, obtained under Freedom of Information law by campaign group Global Justice Now.

 

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The documents say the objectives of the meeting were “to understand Lilly’s footprint in the UK, trade and investment issues”, and to offer “reassurance to Lilly around Brexit ”.

 

In a TV debate last week, Jeremy Corbyn told PM Boris Johnson , “You are going to sell our National Health Service to the US and big pharma”.

 

Mr Johnson has denied the NHS will be part of any post-Brexit trade deal with the US. But in June US President Trump said: “Everything with a trade deal is on the table. So NHS... will be on the table, absolutely.”

 

Mr Trump has said higher drug pricing is a priority in all trade deals. At the US-UK meeting, Mr Reid said intellectual property protection is “key” .

 

Andrew Hill, a drug pricing expert and adviser to the World Health Organization, said he believes this is the first “concrete evidence” of talks about drug prices between US pharma and the Tory Government.

 

Dr Hill says: “For Eli Lilly, intellectual property protection is very important. They’re looking for longer patents.

 

"While a drug is on patent you charge a higher price for it. That’s part of previous trade agreements between the US and other countries.”

 

Today, Global Justice Now releases a report entitled Pharma Trade Secrets: The Truth About a Trade Deal with Trump.

 

It warns: “The US pharmaceutical industry is lobbying hard to ensure a US-UK trade deal strengthens rules that keep prices high, as well as to attack the regulations that control price.”

 

Lilly, along with two other firms, manufactures 96% of the world’s insulin.

 

Lilly charges £230 per vial of its Humalog insulin. The NHS pays £16.61 per vial, as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, regulates drugs prices in the UK.

 

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monkeymania's picture

America first! Brits will bigly save money on the new wonderful tremendous healthcare plan and pharmaceuticals. Everybody wins!

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daftcunt's picture

US couldn't make the EU its bitch so they will with the UK should brexit happen. 

It is an utter shame that Corbyn is unvoteable.

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sato's picture

completely agree american profiteers are now leering at the prospect of a vulnerable UK.

don't know much about corbyn myself, what makes him unvoteable?

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daftcunt's picture

In order to get voters on your side you need carisma*, Corbyn is just bland.

He is too far left in the spectrum for the "undecided", similar to Sanders in the US.

He had a go last elections and failed, still he insists on becoming MP again. he british like their underdogs but the tories would need a Blair type personality to win outright. At the moment it looks like they have to go together with other partiess (all of which support a new referendum btw.)

 

* In a similar fashin that trump wouldn't have stood a chance against personalities like Obama or Bill Clinton

 

 

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boldfart's picture

??? NHS for sale!    Why would the US want to buy a system that provides health care free.

 

I am calling BS on thit one.

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sato's picture

so they can make it not free? ofc?

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thegent's picture

seriously? you dont see the angle? turning a free heathcare system into an insurance based one doesnt have any attraction to greedy fuckers you think?

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boldfart's picture

Ah so that 's it? And the selling price is??? 

 

Please in dollars , either as a lump sum or per year.

 

 

Put up or shut up.

 

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daftcunt's picture

In most of your comments it is unclear whether you are trolling, sarcastic or really that dumb....

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boldfart's picture

Take your pick of the first two, just remember I only troll to be sarcastic) the third choice is your province.

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monkeymania's picture

Tough number to nail down but..

 

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thegent's picture

i never said it was for sale  Boldfart so ask whoever did..and you didnt answer my questions..so ill shut up until you do..

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thegent's picture

im never sure in these reply threads who is talking to who unless someone is named..

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puttefnask's picture

"However, all of the meetings detailed in the documents took place before Mr Johnson became prime minister. The memos record discussions between July 2017 and July 2019, under Theresa May's government. "

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-nhs-trade-deal-trump-corbyn-brexit-general-election-manifesto-a9219566.html

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danmanjones's picture

Johnson is the sitting PM in charge of trade talks with US since July & denied the NHS is on the table. He's cosier with Trump than May was so this scandal is pretty juicy even if nothing more than election politics. Even if it's complete spin it's nowhere near as filthy as the 'anti-Semite' charges Corbyn's faced for years.

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daftcunt's picture

. ? 

Johnson is heading the same party now and has closer ties to trump, as danman explained above. 

Also he has already a history of not following the rules in his role as a PM and bluntly lying in the brexit process. 

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danmanjones's picture

Yawn...

 

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