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Alan Hinnrichs (Letters, 21 August) is right to point out that the approaching Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA can put pressure on any EU member state’s public sector bodies to open up to private ownership. This might in the end lead to further UK-wide takeovers of NHS activities and facilities by US firms.

However, Mr Hinnrichs is wrong to assert that voting Yes in the referendum is the only way to protect the NHS in Scotland from privatisation above its current level.

The SNP remains intent on enrolling Scotland in the EU at the earliest opportunity (just changing one boss to another, some think), so the TTIP partnership can equally strike at the NHS here even if separation does get the vote.

Is Mr Hinnrichs against EU membership?

Joe Darby

Dingwall

Ross-shire