Jeremy Corbyn: Boris Johnson trying to ‘cover up’ NHS sale

Jeremy Corbyn accused Boris Johnson of a cover-up

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has claimed to have documents confirming the NHS would be “up for sale” as part of a post-Brexit trade deal between Boris Johnson and the US.

Speaking at a news conference in London the Labour leader revealed the 451-page document to journalists that he said left the Prime Minister’s denials about a possible deal "in absolute tatters”.

“We have now got evidence that under Boris Johnson the NHS is on the table and will be up for sale,” he said. “He tried to cover it up in a secret agenda and today it has been exposed.”

"We are talking here about secret talks for a deal with Donald Trump after Brexit. A deal that will shape our country's future," he said.

"These reports pull back the curtain on the secrecy that's being plotted for us all, behind closed doors, by the Conservative government.

"This is what they didn't want you to know."

Mr Corbyn said the documents show there have been six rounds of talks between the government and the US since 2017 to “just a few months ago” and that discussions had already been concluded on extending patent protection for drug companies.

He pointed to the example to the drug Humira - used to treat Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis - which costs the NHS £1,409 a packet while in the US the price was £8,115.

“Longer patents can only mean one thing - more expensive drugs. Lives will be put at risk as a result of this,” he said.

During a visit to the UK in June, Donald Trump suggested the NHS could form part of a free-trade deal but Mr Johnson has insisted the NHS would not be for sale under a Conservative government.

“There are no circumstances whatever in which this government or any Conservative government will put the NHS on the table in any trade negotiation,” he said.

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