NZMA Supports Call For TPPA Assessment

The NZMA supports the call by a number of other health sector organisations for an independent assessment of the impact of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPPA) on our health system and our ability to achieve legitimate public policy objectives, such as the protection of public health, safety and the environment.  NZMA Chair Dr Mark Peterson says health equity and public health measures are key advocacy issues for the NZMA.

“This includes issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco regulation and affordable access to medicine,” he says. “We need to have a clear understanding of the possible effects of the TPPA on current and future policy settings and directions—before we are committed to such a deal.”