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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Disturbingly high number of senior doctors being appointed on fixed term contracts

ASMS News18 December 2014

ASMS is concerned by the number of senior doctors hired on fixed term rather than permanent employment contracts in district health boards (DHBs) in the past two years. “An ASMS survey found that 20% had been taken on under fixed term contracts, which we find disturbingly high,” says Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director.  The full media release is available here.

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The Specialist magazine is now available

ASMS News17 December 2014

The latest issue of the ASMS magazine, The Specialist, is now available online.  In this issue we look at the formation of the ASMS 25 years ago, the shortage of palliative medicine specialists, the role of clinical leadership in health IT, and how one DHB is encouraging specialists to take sabbatical leave. We also consider the appointment of a new Health Minister, hear from one of our longstanding branch officers and report on the ASMS Annual Conference.

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New gestational diabetes guidelines published

Other News17 December 2014

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says all pregnant women will be routinely screened for diabetes as part of new national guidelines.  Following an extensive clinician-led process over the last two years, the Ministry of Health has compiled national guidelines which DHBs are expected to implement over the next 18 months.   Dr Coleman’s media release is available here.

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Government denies health sector underfunded

Other News16 December 2014

The Government denies it is underfunding the health sector, as doctors and nurses sound alarms over the possibility of further budget pressure, reports Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint programme.   The full item can be heard here.

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DHB bosses’ rift requires mediation

Other News16 December 2014

Hutt Valley DHB is in the grips of a management crisis over cost-cutting and merging, with the chief executive and the chairwoman barely talking, reports the Dominion Post newspaper.  It understands the relationship has become so bad that chief executive Graham Dyer and chairwoman Virginia Hope are now in mediation, with sources describing the critical relationship as ‘tense’ and ‘strained’.  The full article can be read here.

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