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Health service should be protected from TTIP - McCorley

19 February, 2015 - by Rosie McCorley

Sinn Féin MLA Rosie McCorley has said the health service should be protected from a controversial international trade deal.

Speaking after attending a protest at Stormont to keep health out of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the West Belfast MLA said; 

"Sinn Féin has been to the fore in highlighting the dangers of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. 

"Our four MEPs have repeatedly raised opposition to it at the European Parliament. 

"I attended this morning's protest at Stormont, organised by The People's NHS group to raise awareness of the devastating impact TTIP would have on our health service. 

"If it comes into force, it would allow huge international companies to ride roughshod over domestic legislation in European member states. 

"In the case of health, this could create the situation where major international drug companies would have control over health systems. 

"We cannot allow that to happen and we must defend the health service to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable in our society have access to a first-class health service.”

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