Medical Students Concerned About Patient Rights in TPP

Press Release – New Zealand Medical Students’ Association – NZMSA Press release: New Zealand medical students concerned about lack of outcomes for protection of patient rights in TPP negotiations The New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA) urges negotiators and politicians to preserve New Zealand’s freedom …Press release: New Zealand medical students concerned about lack of outcomes for protection of patient rights in TPP negotiations The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) urges negotiators and politicians to preserve New Zealand’s freedom to implement innovative health policy during Trans–Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Tobacco control measures, including plain packaging, were still a major talking point during the stakeholder sessions of round 16 of negotiations in Singapore. The proposed TPP text includes provisions which could see New Zealand sued in overseas courts, much the way Australia is undergoing currently, if the government tries to use plain packaging to achieve the ‘Smokefree 2025’ goal. When asked, the lead negotiator for New Zealand assured stakeholders that it would be possible to “strike a balance” between commercial interests and safeguards for public health. NZMSA would like to remind negotiators and politicians that any agreement which gives any room to the commercial interests of tobacco companies is unacceptable, and to request that they continue listening to the voices of medical experts in the field. As Briar Mannering, third year medical student at the University of Auckland, states,...

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