RACP calls for greater transparency ahead of Trans-Pacific t

Press Release – Royal Australasian College of Physicians July 27, 2015 The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is calling for greater transparency from the Australian and New Zealand governments ahead of this weeks Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii. RACP President Laureate Professor … RACP calls for greater transparency ahead of Trans-Pacific trade talks July 27, 2015 The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is calling for greater transparency from the Australian and New Zealand governments ahead of this week’s Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii. RACP President Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley said the lack of transparency around the details of the negotiations make it impossible to independently assess the implications of this agreement on public health. “This trade agreement has the potential to make or break our public health system so it’s critical the medical profession and other appropriate groups are consulted during these progressive negotiations,” Professor Talley said. “While the Australian government has made assurances it won’t compromise on public health, we have no proof that this is the case,” he said. “At the very least we are calling for an Independent Health Impact Assessment of the TPPA prior to completion of negotiations, and prior to acceptance and ratification.” The call comes ahead of next week’s meeting in Hawaii, where governments from 12 countries will meet to discuss details of one of the world’s biggest regional trade deals....

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