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NZ: Public Health Bill on hold

FOE is hugely disappointed that the Public Health Bill won’t be passed into law before the election.

The Bill includes provisions to enable future governments to make regulations to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes by addressing obesity.

Health Bill will have to wait

The Government has confirmed that it won’t pass the Public Health Bill into law before the election. Health Minister David Cunliffe says the government ran out of time to get the Bill through Parliament.

The Green Party has accused the Government of bowing to pressure from the food industry. National says it intends to remove the parts of the bill dealing with non-communicable diseases if it wins power at the election.

Read more: NZ Herald, 25 Sep 2008

Government puts Public Health Bill on backburner

Green Party health spokesperson Sue Kedgley says the government has bowed to food and advertising industry pressure, and put the bill on the backburner.

Read more: Press release, Green Party/Scoop, 24 Sep 2008

Published on September 24, 2008 in New Zealand news,Public Health Bill