ASMS

Working for better health care in New Zealand

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

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Junior doctors to hold strike ballot

Other News27 September 2016

Junior  doctors are “calling for” strike action, and a ballot will be held this week, the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association says. A spokesman for district health boards said yesterday the union should “at least” take more time to discuss the latest offer before “putting the public of New Zealand through the possible disruption of industrial action”. “It is important to note that there is only one single issue left between the parties and that is the union’s insistence that …

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Cloudy skies for IBM-led data service for DHBs, project placed on hold

Other News27 September 2016

Vendor failure to deliver has put the DHBs’ planned new IT platform at risk, with IBM’s cloud solution on hold for a decision on “whether there is a viable way forward for the programme”. The comment was made in a report on major Government projects in July, but not released by Treasury until Wednesday. In the report, the Ministry of Health refers to vendor non-performance. Treasury put a red flag on the project, known as the National Infrastructure Platform, which …

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Physicians Urge Governments to Act on Banning Nuclear Weapons

Other News27 September 2016

The global body representing more than nine million physicians today issued a strong plea to the governments of the world to work towards the elimination of all nuclear weapons. The World Medical Association warned that the current state of world affairs made nuclear disarmament a more urgent issue than ever. To mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons today (September 26), WMA President Sir Michael Marmot said: ‘It is vital that physicians around the world use …

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Offer not ‘significant’: junior doctors

Other News26 September 2016

Otago Daily Times reports that the junior doctors’ union has rejected a claim from DHBs that a new pay offer constitutes a significant concession in a sign the increasingly frosty dispute is no closer to being resolved. The New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association said it was putting the new offer to members and would make no further comment until Monday. Earlier this week, the union denied rumours that strike action was planned but admitted it was informally canvassing members about …

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IFHC decision on hold on West Coast

Other News26 September 2016

Buller people may know by Christmas when they’ll get a new integrated family health centre (IFHC) to replace Buller Hospital and Buller Health Medical Centre. The Ministry of Health today provided its most specific assurance in months on the project which has been delayed while the ministry sought a funder to finance the building. Responding to questions from the Westport News, the ministry’s director of critical projects Michael Hundleby confirmed negotiations were underway with a potential funding partner and “we …

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