Committee considers potential impact of future UK-US Free Trade Agreement on NHS services

25 June 2019

The International Trade Committee continues its inquiry into UK trade in services with an evidence session focusing on the movement of people to deliver a service and the potential impact of trade policy on public services, including on NHS service delivery.


Wednesday 26 June, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Professor Johanna Jacobsson, International and European Law, IE University, Spain
  • Mickaël Laurans, Head of International, the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Françoise Guei, Expert – Multilateral Trade Issues, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat

At 11.00am

  • Ruth Bergan, Coordinator, Trade Justice Movement
  • Dr Kamala Dawar, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, UK Trade Policy Observatory, University of Sussex
  • Professor Markus Krajewski, Chair in Public Law and Public International Law, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Kate Ling, Senior European Policy Manager, NHS Confederation

First panel

The Committee will ask its first panel of witnesses – trade and legal experts – about the relationship between trade in services and temporary movement of people.

The Committee will consider how World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments and Free Trade Agreements might affect movement of service providers – such as those working in professional services on a client’s site abroad. Witnesses include the Head of International at the Law Society of England and Wales.

Second panel

In the second panel, the Committee will examine trade in public services and consider the potential impact of new trade agreements – for example with the US – on such services.

The Committee will ask the panel about what constitutes a public service, and how such services are treated in respect of commitments to liberalise trade. The Committee is also expected to ask witnesses about the likelihood of the US seeking provisions on healthcare and pharmaceuticals in a future UK-US trade deal.

Witnesses include academics specialising in international trade and commercial law, and a representative from the NHS Confederation - the membership body that brings together and speaks on behalf of all organisations that plan, commission and provide NHS services.

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