In February 2012, Hinchingbrooke Hospital became the first NHS Trust to be operated by a private partner, Circle. Dr John Lister has since analysed the public image of both Circle and Hinchingbrooke, and in a report prepared for UNISON (the largest public sector union in the United Kingdom), he argues that neither are what they seem. His report is available here.
A group of health professionals have written an article outlining the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on health and arguing for an independent, comprehensive health impact assessment to be carried out prior to signing. The article by Joshua Freeman, Gay Keating, Rhys Jones, George Laking, Marilyn Head and Alexandra MacMIllan follows an earlier open letter to the Government by more than 270 health professionals, expressing concern about the implications of the TPP on population health. The latest article is published …
An article in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine looks at the financial barriers to health care for people on low incomes in the United States, and the differences in health care experiences between people with below-average and above-average incomes. The full article is available here.
“Employment law changes expected to be rushed through Parliament today will be bad for public hospitals,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), today.
“The law changes threaten the right to collective agreement negotiations by removing the obligation to conclude negotiations. It encourages short sighted health bosses to walk away from the bargaining table thereby generating conflict. Public hospitals perform best when not in a state of conflict.
“It also removes the protection for new …
The New Zealand Medical Council has spelt out its expectations of all doctors, whether in a hospital or community setting, during a pandemic, following coverage of the Ebola virus. The letter to doctors has been emailed to DHB CEOs and Chief Medical Officers, and can be read here.
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.