Call for Govt to help our neighbours negotiate for life-saving medicines

Source: www.newstalkzb.co.nz

Trade talks for the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) continue this week in China.

The trade deal includes a chapter on intellectual property that health organisations say could threaten countries’ access to life-saving medicines.

It’s already sparked protests in East Asian countries.

The PHA is one of 94 health and community organisations to have sent an open letter to RCEP governments through The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network asking for the chapter to be amended.

Other New Zealand groups to oppose the deal include the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and The Mana Party.

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