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

public health

New Health Minister – no pressure! 

ASMS News17 April 2015

The expectations of a new Health Minister, continued workforce shortages, spin and politics in some DHB decision-making, and concern about the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are the topics covered in a paper by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) to the Australian Medical Association’s industrial coordination meeting in Canberra this week.    ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell provided the meeting with an overview of recent developments and pressure points in New Zealand’s health sector.  His paper …

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hospital food services

DHBs are being ‘blackmailed’ into privatising food services

Other News16 April 2015

Labour’s Annette King says Health Benefits Ltd (HBL) is forcing district health boards to hand over their hospital food services to the private company Compass or face large costs to help pay for the work that HBL put into the privatisation plan. Read more here, and  listen to a Morning Report interview here.

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TPPA why so secret

American law expert calls for secrecy on TPPA talks to be lifted

Other News16 April 2015

An American law expert says the secrecy surrounding Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations does not just hide information from the public. “It creates a funnel where powerful interests congregate, absent the checks, balances and necessary hurdles of the democratic process.” Read the full editorial here.

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