What does the UK's new power to sign trade deals around the world mean for health?


Published: 29/03/2022

One clear change following its exit from the European Union is that the UK is now free to make and sign trade deals with other countries – indeed this has been a long-held intention. But what does this really mean for the UK and its health system in particular? Is the NHS really going to be privatised through trade deals with the US? And what benefits and risks might the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal pose for UK health care?  Tamara Hervey and Mark Dayan explain what these freedoms have really meant in practice so far.

This work is supported by the Health Foundation.