Matt Hancock says NHS is not for sale as Labour warn about 'trade negotiations' with the US
Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Labour's Barry Gardiner both appeared on Good Morning Britain today to talk about the row that's broken out about the future of the NHS.
The Conservatives have come under fire from the Labour Party, who claim the NHS is at risk under a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.
Mr Hancock hit back on today's GMB saying: “No the NHS isn’t for sale and we are clear about that and there is a reason for that and that’s because we love the NHS as do most people in the country. Drug pricing won’t be on the table and we’ve made that clear in our manifesto. This is just a great big distraction exercise to get away from [Labour] tax rises."
Watch the full interview with Mr Hancock above.
However, Mr Gardiner accused the Government of lying saying: “You have to understand the way our NHS is under attack in these trade negotiations.”
He concluded: “If it [the Government] didn’t want to discuss drug pricing they could simply say 'no'. They have had six separate meetings over two years, all of these documents discussing these issues. Why are they even discussing them if the bottom line is they are not going to do anything about it? They are not saying 'no' to the Americans and these documents prove it.”
Watch the full interview with Barry Gardiner below.
Mr Hancock was also asked to clarify the Tory pledge to increase NHS nurses by '50,000.' Watch the clip below.
Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard also quizzed Mr Gardiner about Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to make a fresh apology on Labour's handling of anti-Semitism within the party. Watch the clip below.