Protests against US-EU trade deal that 'threatens NHS'

Protests are to be held across Britain and the rest of Europe against a controversial US-EU trade deal that UK campaigners claim will lead to more NHS services being privatised.

Rallies will be held today in cities including London, Edinburgh, Bristol and Leeds against the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) amid similar events in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Health campaigners protested about Ukip's silence over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) during the party's annual conference. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has insisted there is no threat to the NHS from the agreement being negotiated between the United States and the European Union.

The Government and the deal's supporters claim TTIP will boost the economy, create jobs and cut red tape, especially for small businesses, by removing trade barriers.

Campaign groups are urging MEPs to vote against the controversial deal when it reaches the European Parliament.