Tag: Public Health Association

Fraught TPP process has lessons for the future

Press Release – Public Health Association The Public Health Association (PHA) has told the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee that the lack of information, deliberate secrecy and poor recognition of the importance of health have made the TPP process fraught with problems, and …Public Health Association tells Government that fraught TPP process has lessons for the future Public Health Association media release, 14 April 2016 Embargoed until 10.30am The Public Health Association (PHA) has told the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee that the lack of information, deliberate secrecy and poor recognition of the importance of health have made the TPP process fraught with problems, and that there are important lessons to be learned for next time. “Every international commitment our Government signs has significant implications for the health of New Zealanders,” says PHA Chief Executive Officer Warren Lindberg. “So when New Zealand signs an agreement with a scope as broad as that of the TPP, it’s essential to carry out a full health impact assessment. “This was never done and the fact that there are gaping holes around issues like impacts on Maori health and how the TPP affects climate change clearly demonstrate that lack of analysis. This has left the Government open to considerable criticism, while angering many citizens and eroding their trust.” Lindberg said such an analysis had to be done at a...

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The TPP: Why rush in where angels fear to tread?

Press Release – Public Health Association The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) is questioning the rush to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and says there remain too many unanswered questions; too much public unease; and a palpable lack of detailed analysis for us …The TPP: Why rush in where angels fear to tread? Public Health Association media release, 14 January 2016 The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) is questioning the rush to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and says there remain too many unanswered questions; too much public unease; and a palpable lack of detailed analysis for us to be adding our signature so quickly. “We may be flattered to have been selected as the country where the TPP will be signed in February, but that shouldn’t distract us from the very real questions and concerns around this agreement,” says PHA Chief Executive Warren Lindberg. “Disquiet has been prominent in the news of late, coming from a number of fronts including copyright and education. This indicates that full analysis of just what this agreement will cost the various sectors has not been done. “There has also been very little legal or academic analysis or commentary. The document amounts to 6000 or more complex pages and has been public knowledge for far too short a time for proper analysis, so why we’re...

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Stalled TPP a chance to take stock

Press Release – Public Health Association The Public Health Association says stalled TPP talks are an ideal opportunity for New Zealand to step back and reassess just what we could signing up to, now that details are starting to emerge. It also says New Zealand should join with Australia …Stalled TPP a chance to take stock and give democracy a chance Public Health Association (PHA) media release, 6 August 2015 The Public Health Association says stalled TPP talks are an ideal opportunity for New Zealand to step back and reassess just what we could signing up to, now that details are starting to emerge. It also says New Zealand should join with Australia in refusing the clauses that would allow foreign investors to sue our government if our health or climate legislation interfered with their profits. “Democracy shouldn’t be this hard,” says PHA Chief Executive Warren Lindberg. “The New Zealand public is entitled to information on the TTP proposals; what might be traded off; and exactly what the benefits might be. “Emerging details raise a number of questions. For example, if the Government promises extra funding for medicines because Pharmac is unable to buy cheap generic drugs under the agreement, where will that funding come from? What other areas of public health expenditure will suffer as a result?” Lindberg says Australia, at least in its present draft, has refused...

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TPPA a threat to one of the best health systems in the world

Press Release – Public Health Association Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) CEO Warren Lindberg told the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee today that it should not ignore growing concerns over the lack of transparency of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement …TPPA a threat to one of the ‘best health systems in the world’ Public Health Association media release, 12 February 2015 Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) CEO Warren Lindberg told the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee today that it should not ignore growing concerns over the lack of transparency of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). “Concerns about the potential impact of the TPPA, especially arising from the investor-state dispute settlement process, on the sovereignty of our government to regulate health programmes and services in the interests of our own people are becoming louder, more frequent and more urgent,” he said. Lindberg reminded the Committee that a wide range of health professionals and organisations have recently petitioned the government about these concerns. These have included 425 independent medical professionals writing to the Prime Minister; 60 public health academics and practitioners writing to the Minister of Health; 270 senior doctors, professors, and other health professionals writing to the Prime Minister; the New Zealand Medical Association (approximately ,5000 members), supporting the call for an independent assessment of the TPPA’s impact on our health...

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Protecting the Health of Australians in the TPPA

Press Release – Public Health Association A group of academics and non-government organisations has today released a policy brief highlighting the potential effects of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on the health of Australians.– Protecting the Health of Australians in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiations A group of academics and non-government organisations has today released a policy brief highlighting the potential effects of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on the health of Australians. The document is a preliminary output from a Health Impact Assessment of the controversial trade agreement, which is in the final stages of negotiation. Chief negotiators from the 12 countries are meeting this week in Singapore in an attempt to finalise the agreement, with a meeting of ministers to follow, starting on 22 February. The brief examines the potential impact of provisions proposed for the TPPA on the health of Australians, focusing on two specific issues: the cost of medicines, and the ability of government to take major steps to improve the health of Australians by regulating tobacco and alcohol. “The brief highlights the ways in which some of the expected economic gains from the TPPA may be undermined by poor health outcomes, and the economic costs associated with these poor health outcomes,” said Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association. Dr Deborah Gleeson, one of the authors of the brief, added:...

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