Tag: Hospitals

Doctors join the 100,000 petitioners on the TPPA

Press Release – Doctors for Healthy Trade The TPPA needs a health check-up. We need to see the test results so we know that it wont let pharmaceutical companies stretch our patent laws to make future medicines more expensive said Dr Josh Freeman, Infectious disease specialist, of Doctors …Doctors join the 100,000 petitioners on the TPPA We’re not “politically irrelevant” and we’re not “anti-trade”. “The TPPA needs a health check-up. We need to see the test results so we know that it won’t let pharmaceutical companies stretch our patent laws to make future medicines more expensive” said Dr Josh Freeman, Infectious disease specialist, of Doctors for Healthy Trade. Thousands of community groups, artists, musicians, activists, Māori leaders, small and medium-sized business owners, not-for-profits, environmentalists, students, doctors, local councillors and grassroots campaigners from all around New Zealand have joined forces to say no to the TPPA. This massive collaborative effort comes off the back of Trade Minister Tim Groser dismissing opponents of the TPPA as “anti-trade” “politically irrelevant” “breathless children”. “Of course we support international trade – it makes total sense that New Zealand imports cotton for surgical drapes and bananas because those things don’t grow well here. But we don’t support deals that would give tobacco companies the opportunity to sue us for following Australia and bringing in plain packaging.” said Dr Freeman Petitions of concern have been signed...

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TPPA National Week of Action Sees Banner Dropped

Press Release – Front-Line Arts Collective This weekend announces the start of the National Week of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement around the country. The TPPA is an agreement being negotiated in secrecy by our government along with 11 other countries, including the United …TPPA National Week of Action Sees Banner Dropped on Watchmen Island This weekend announces the start of the National Week of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement around the country. The TPPA is an agreement being negotiated in secrecy by our government along with 11 other countries, including the United States. Leaked chapters show that multi-national corporations will gain the power to sue our government in off shore tribunals if any changes to our laws will affect their projected profits. John Key has admitted that New Zealand will face paying more for medicines, and will not be able prevent bans on overseas investors if the TPPA is passed. A group of very concerned and committed citizens have hung a large banner off Watchman Island in the Waitemata Harbour reading “NO TPPA”. This action continues the opposition that is being shown around the country. “The people of Aotearoa deserve to know what their elected government is signing us up for, and what rights are being signed away without our knowledge or consent. We’re using this island as a public billboard to raise awareness for the...

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Achieving Patient-Centred Care Or Floccinaucinihipilfication

Press Release – ASMS Thank you for the opportunity to address you again. As always my comments are personal observations, although in broad terms at least I believe they are consistent with the Associations view on the matters discussed. In this address I would like to …Achieving Patient-Centred Care Or Floccinaucinihipilfication by Ingenious Projectors of Perpetual Motion Believing in Their Own Infallibility [with a Little Help From ‘a Working Man’ And Einstein] Ian Powell Executive Director Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Thank you for the opportunity to address you again. As always my comments are personal observations, although in broad terms at least I believe they are consistent with the Association’s view on the matters discussed. In this address I would like to focus on the theme of whether patient-centred care is to be treated as a slogan or political sound bite, or something worth fighting for and achievable. I am advocating the latter through an interlinked focus on distributive clinical leadership and investment in the district health board specialist workforce. I discuss the performance of leadership in this address. By this I’m referring to those that make higher level decisions and definitely not to those many hard working and able operational managers whose contribution to the quality of our public health service is considerable. The Wisdom of ‘A Working Man’ Recently, as an indication of one of my...

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Community Forum Sydney 12.30 Today Ahead of Global Protests

Press Release – AFTINET Community Forum Sydney 12.30 Today Ahead of Global Protests About the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (TPP) Speakers from Doctors without Borders (MSF), CHOICE and other community organisations will urge the government to reject harmful proposals in the TPP at …Community Forum Sydney 12.30 Today Ahead of Global Protests About the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (TPP) Speakers from Doctors without Borders (MSF), CHOICE and other community organisations will urge the government to reject harmful proposals in the TPP at a public forum at 12.30-2pm today in the Jubilee Room at NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney. The forum precedes almost 500 local actions in four continents to protest the TPP and a similar Trans-Atlantic agreement before further secret TPP negotiations are held in the US next week. Many of these actions are US protests against legislation to “fast track” the TPP through the US Congress, which would prevent the Congress from amending the agreement. “The recent leaked TPP investment chapter showed that the TPP could allow foreign corporations to sue the Australian government for damages over decisions of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Medicare and other organisations. The Australian government has sought to exclude them, but this has not been agreed. Community opposition to TPP secrecy is growing ahead of a Senate Inquiry which will hear submissions for greater transparency and democracy in the trade agreement process,” said Dr...

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Health professionals call to give trade deal a health check

Press Release – Joint Press Release Health professionals say a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement must be carried out to protect the health of New Zealanders.28 October, 2014 Health professionals call on Groser to give trade deal a health check Health professionals say a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement must be carried out to protect the health of New Zealanders. They say leaked information suggests international big business, such as the tobacco or alcohol industries, could sue the New Zealand government if it puts health-based policies in place that might threaten their profits. Clauses designed to protect the intellectual property rights of the pharmaceutical industry would make medicines more expensive in New Zealand by preventing PHARMAC from purchasing cheaper generic drugs. Members of ten health organisations are calling on Trade Minister, Hon Tim Groser, to bring in health experts to give the proposed TPP an independent and comprehensive health check-up. In an article in NZ Doctor published online today they say the results should be publicly released for full discussion, well before New Zealand commits to the trade deal. “The negotiations are all being carried out in secret, and the little that has leaked out is very worrying,” says Dr Joshua Freeman, a spokesperson for the health organisations. “New Zealand should have the sovereign right to make laws and...

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