Campaigners are to erect estate agency-style boards across the country today, as part of protests against a controversial trade deal.
Houses in nine constituencies will display the boards opposing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.
“It’s time to take the ‘for sale’ sign down from our hospitals and GP services and put our cherished NHS back into public hands”
Groups, including the Royal College of Nursing, have previously claimed that the deal would lead to more privatisation of health services and argued that the NHS should be excluded from any agreement. In the latest move, campaign group People’s NHS has erected “stop the sale” boards.
Spokesman Brian Colman said: “Thousands of households across the UK are delivering a clear message by raising ‘stop the sale signs’ outside their homes in protest over the sell-off of their health services and David Cameron’s refusal to veto the NHS from the dangerous trade deal called TTIP.
“David Cameron never told us on the campaign trail in 2010 that his party was going to embark on the mass privatisation of the NHS. The government had no mandate to sell off the NHS,” he said.
“This is a clear message to our MP and to the government that it’s time to take the ‘for sale’ sign down from our hospitals and GP services and put our cherished NHS back into public hands,” he added.
The government has continued to play down any threat to the NHS. It insists the trade deal will open up huge business opportunities, especially for smaller firms, boost the economy and create new jobs.
A Department of Health spokesman said: “TTIP cannot force the UK to privatise public services and this government would not allow TTIP negotiations to harm the NHS.”