The crisis in sonographer retention has escalated to the point where the viability of a public service is perilously close to demise, according to the association representing sonographers nationwide. More than 30 sonographers have exited the industry in the past 15 months, leading to a crisis in hospitals around the country. Waiting lists can be over 12 months in some areas. The full APEX media release is available here.
“It’s looking more and more as if the Southern DHB’s management is so obsessed with turning around its financial deficit that it’s prepared to throw everything overboard in a bid to stay afloat – even the lifeboats and the passengers,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We’ve very concerned by indications emerging from the DHB that it wants to abrogate its responsibilities by shifting the cost of health services and governance of Queenstown’s …
If the Southern District Health Board is hoping changes to the funding system might help its money woes, it will have to be patient. An early task for new Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman, may be approving the long-awaited review of the population-based funding formula (PBFF) used to fund district health boards. But although preliminary work has begun on the review, just what it will cover has still not been spelt out. The full article is available here.
We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 13th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: new Health Minister to address ASMS Conference; Health informatics – a beginners’ guide for clinical leaders; ASMS history captured on video; joint consultation committees; illness or accident of close family member – clause 27 DHB collective employment agreement; ASMS homepage news items.
Videos from the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) special 25th commemorative conference in Wellington in August are now available on the website.
These include the presentations by keynote speaker Professor Martin McKee to audiences in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, as well as the addresses by ASMS Foundation President Dr George Downward to the conference and Past President of the NZ Medical Students Association, Dr Michael Chen-Xu.
Past presidents of the ASMS also reflect on their time in the role and the …
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.