The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is worried public hospital managers are poised to privatise all or part of the hospital laboratories that look after the health needs of the greater Wellington region. ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell says the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards are looking at two options, both of them poor, for the region’s hospital laboratory service.
“It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).
Australians’ out-of-pocket health care costs are the highest they have been in a decade, while growth in spending from state and federal governments is at a record low, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. A report shows growth in health spending fell to 1.5% last year – its lowest level in 30 years – while individual Australians’ share of spending on health reached its highest level in a decade.
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has thanked retiring National MP Dr Paul Hutchison for his work to reduce child poverty. “Dr Hutchison chaired Parliament’s Health Select Committee which produced a very thorough report with specific recommendations to improve the lives of children,” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell. “This report was notable for achieving cross-party support, which is to the Committee’s – and Dr Hutchison’s – credit. Dr Hutchison would have made a very able cabinet minister.”