South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine, has today demanded an explanation from Tory MP David Mundell for his decision to vote against further privatisation of the NHS in future foreign trade deals.

Mr Mundell has come under pressure for his decision to vote down an amendment to the Trade Bill which would have barred any trade deal which “undermines or restricts” our publicly-funded health service.

With all parties claiming they would not support trade deals which threatened the NHS at last year’s general election, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has questioned the rationale behind the controversial decision.

Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:

“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how precious each of the four UK Health services are to those who use them, and it’s our duty as local politicians to do everything we can to ensure our NHS is protected.

”The SNP will always keep Scotland’s NHS safe in public hands.
“But while the Scottish Parliament has control of most aspects of health policy, we currently cannot stop Westminster governments from entering into trade deals that potentially put our NHS at a variety of risks.
“In the last few months, perhaps more than ever, our NHS has been there to care and protect us.

“So it beggars belief that David Mundell MP has decided to turn his back on our NHS when it came protecting our health service from foreign privatisation.

“Voters will remember this, and they deserve an explanation.”