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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Pressures on health sector grow

Other News18 September 2014

Pre-election debate over healthcare has been dominated by how the ever-growing health dollar will be carved up and what the total spend should be, reports The Press. There is no doubt a key challenge will be managing the mounting pressures on the health sector that will flow as the population ages and non-communicable diseases take their toll. Labour, the Greens, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation say the New Zealand health sector has …

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Weekend staff shortages fatal flaw at heart of the NHS

Other News16 September 2014

What good is a doctor who cannot be safe or a nurse who cannot show they care? asks, Tom Riddington in a blog post on The Guardian. He writes that he has worked enough hospital shifts to know that at night and during the weekend, only a handful of doctors are responsible for hundreds of patients.

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$1 million loss for Southern Cross

Other News16 September 2014

New Zealand’s biggest medical and health insurer has posted a $1.1 million annual loss after a record $694.5 million in claims, and Chief Executive Peter Tynan says the continuing rise in claims costs is of concern because it would directly affect premiums.  The full article is here.

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The argument for investment in public health

ASMS News15 September 2014

For many years now Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been shining light on the funding of health care around the world and the consequences for individuals and their communities. In August, he addressed some of New Zealand’s most senior doctors on the evidence for government investment in health care at a special conference to mark 25 years of the ASMS: The argument for investment in public health.

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Teaching Doctors: time for a culture change?

Perspectives15 September 2014

Can you access and use ‘just in time information’? Do you know the difference between verbatim and gist memory? What will you do to reliably document your recertification? Is there a conflict between the way the old and new generation learn? Read on!

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