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.

Annette King

Health Map shows Government cuts

Other News27 May 2016

Labour has launched an interactive Health Map allowing Kiwis to see how the Budget and National’s $1.7 billion of health cuts have hurt services in their area, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “People can go to the Health Map at http://www.labour.org.nz/healthmap, enter their town, city, or address and see the level of funding cuts at their local DHB, and other information such as operations that have been denied and levels of understaffing. The information includes the latest data …

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Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

Extra $9.7m for West Coast redevelopment

Other News27 May 2016

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has approved an extra $9.7 million in funding to ensure the new Grey Base Hospital is a high quality facility with construction starting next week. “The Government is committed to the Grey Base Hospital redevelopment and providing the services that the community needs,” says Dr Coleman. “Since February, the Ministry of Health and the West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group has worked closely with Fletcher Construction to finalise design costs after estimates came …

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Vaccine, Immunisation

Visitors who haven’t had flu jab will have to wear masks at Waikato Hospital

Other News27 May 2016

Visitors to Waikato Hospital who haven’t had their flu jab will be met with blue masks. The new hardline stance, an extension of the staff policy which came into effect last flu season, will now make it mandatory for visitors to wear a mask if they haven’t vaccinated against influenza. But the move has riled the nurses’ union, who say members feel coerced and discriminated against. See the full article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/80405081/masks-for-unvaccinated-hospital-visitors.html

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Waiting Room

Large management restructure results in loss of jobs at the NMDHB

Other News27 May 2016

A major leadership restructure at the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has resulted in 16 jobs being axed. Board chief executive Chris Fleming said 35 roles would be affected, with 16 disestablished and eight roles deemed contestable that would be filled from within the organisation. See the full article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/80391077/Large-management-restructure-results-in-loss-of-jobs-at-the-NMDHB

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Money, coins, budget

Reaction to the Government’s Budget health funding

Other News27 May 2016

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association says the Budget’s focus on disease prevention is good news but doesn’t go far enough: http://www.nzmsa.org.nz/press-release-budgets-focus-on-disease-prevention-is-good-news-but-doesnt-go-far-enough/ Researchers claim NZ health budget declining, publicly-funded surgery on way out: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/80318036/researchers-claim-nz-health-budget-declining-publiclyfunded-surgery-on-way-out Reporter Stacey Kirk says remission but no cure, with a healthy Budget boost for ailing an health system: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/80440291/stacey-kirk-remission-but-no-cure-with-a-healthy-boost-for-ailing-an-health-system  

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