TTIP is a trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. Concerns are around the negative impact on health and public services, labour rights, jobs and the environment, as well as issues of democratic legitimacy and sovereignty.
European physiotherapy body concerned about transatlantic trade treaty
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Despite efforts to reassure the public and health professionals, the body representing physiotherapists in Europe is concerned about the impact of the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on health services across the continent.
In a briefing note (see 2nd document download below) to the CSP and its other 41 member organisations the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy notes that TTIP has led to 'anxieties about patient safety'.
Negotiators and proponents of TTIP have sought to reassure civil society that the trade and investment treaty 'would not lower our public health or safety standards,' but in its view TTIP raises 'legitimate concerns about the risks for maintaining and setting of standards in health systems that are based on evidence and solid arguments.'
The ER-WCPT has pledged to continue lobbying the EU Commission over this matter and is calling on member organisations to do the same with their governments.
What can I do?
- Call for a halt to negotiations by signing the 38 degrees petition:
- Spread the word about the dangers of TTIP using social media such as Twitter (#stopTTIP) and Facebook
See more information on the dedicated website: www.nottip.org.uk