But while accepting the need to change the way vocational training is funded, the NZMA rejects the model proposed by Health Workforce New Zealand.
“We believe the proposal to use a Pharmac-like approach to training the health workforce is unworkable and naïve.”
It says a contestable market model would lead to negative consequences.
The NZMA reiterates its opposition to euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, saying they are unethical. It has commissioned an independent report on the ethical issues of euthanasia which it offers to share with the minister.
The new government appears keen to sign a new version of the controversial TPP, despite the US stepping away from it after the election of Donald Trump last year. The NZMA has voiced its concerns about the “significant impact on health, health equity, and the social and environmental determinants of health” such deals can have.
“Government actions to protect and promote health should not be subject to challenge through an investor-state dispute settlement or similar mechanism. We therefore ask that, before committing to any international agreement on trade, the Government commission a formal, comprehensive, independent Health Impact Analysis.”