"The Prime Minister has asked me to underline that measures
affecting the NHS, including service provision and drug pricing,
cannot under any circumstances form part of an agreement with
the United States," a letter from Johnson's senior staff to
Trade Secretary Liz Truss's office said, according to the
The letter continued that there should be no internal discussion
of the issues within the government. Johnson fears the Labour
Party would use any suggestion that NHS access is up for grabs
to its electoral advantage, the article said.
U.S President Donald Trump had said in June that Britain's
public health service should be on the table in talks about a
trade deal between the two countries after Brexit but later
backtracked on his comments.
(Reporting by Sabahatjahan Contractor in Bengaluru; Editing by
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