Press release from the National Health Action Party website today:
The poll shows that the overwhelming majority of voters in Witney and South West Surrey want the NHS exempted from the EU-US trade treaty, or TTIP, currently being negotiated in Brussels. Yet the Prime Minister has refused to keep the NHS out of the deal, even though he can.
The poll of 2,000 voters shows that most also want Mr Cameron to actively seek to exclude the NHS from TTIP. Just 13% of voters in Witney and 16% in South West Surrey are in favour of including the NHS in TTIP. Yet this is official Tory Party policy.
If Mr Cameron were unable to achieve a guaranteed opt-out for the NHS, only around a fifth of all residents of Witney and South West Surrey would want the deal to go ahead. Most of the the rest thought the PM should veto the entire agreement unless there was a guaranteed NHS exemption.
The poll also revealed that local NHS and GP services are by far the most important local issue in Witney and South West Surrey, In Witney, they are almost three times as important as immigration. And in South West Surrey, they are as important a local issue as crime, immigration, employment and education put together.
The poll also reveals that local NHS and GP services are by far the most important local issue in South West Surrey. They are important a local issue as crime, immigration, employment and education put together.
The National Health Action Party have long been campaigning for the NHS to be exempted from the TTIP deal and now believe the entire deal needs to be opposed.
The NHA Party’s Dr Louise Irvine, who is standing against Jeremy Hunt in South West Surrey, said today’s poll shows that Mr Hunt and the Tory Party are out of touch with local voters:
It’s very encouraging news for the National Health Action Party that the overwhelming majority of voters in this constituency agree with us in calling for the NHS to be saved from this damaging and secretive deal which would lock in privatisation. I’m also delighted that local people are putting health at the very top of their election agenda. A healthy NHS is the key to a healthy community.
It’s vital that the people of South West Surrey understand that a vote for Jeremy Hunt will mean accelerating NHS privatisation and a serious threat to the future of the NHS as we know it.
Poll details can be found here.