Health specialists urge not to trade off public health- TPPA

Press Release – Alistair Woodward and Papaarangi Reid Sixty New Zealand health academics and practitioners have sent a strong message to the government that public health must not be sacrificed on the altar of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement when trade ministers meet in Singapore this weekend.4th December 2013 For immediate release Health specialists urge NZ not to trade off public health at TPPA summit this weekend Sixty New Zealand health academics and practitioners have sent a strong message to the government that public health must not be sacrificed on the altar of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement when trade ministers meet in Singapore this weekend. The letter to Health Minister Tony Ryall has been signed by public health doctors, surgeons, physicians, health economists, child health specialists and others. Signatories include Peter Crampton, Pro-Vice Chancellor Health Sciences at the University of Otago, Philippa Poole, Head of Medicine at the University of Auckland, and John McCall, Professor of Surgery at Dunedin Medical School. ‘We want to send a clear message to our negotiators’, says Alistair Woodward, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Auckland, and one of those who signed the letter. ‘We are passionate about improving the health of all New Zealanders, and fear the TPPA might mean that we have to do our work with one hand tied behind our back. There is a great deal at stake.’ This call...

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