ASMS

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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Referral outcomes by DHB and specialty type

Other News27 July 2016

The Minister of Health says the latest release of preliminary data from the National Patient Flow project helps to further complete the complex picture of referrals for specialist care. “The data from National Patient Flow will help the sector better understand the outcomes of referrals to hospital specialists,” says Dr Coleman. “A further three months of data has been released today, along with a nationwide breakdown of data by specialty type. “This is information that has never been available before. …

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New $1.25m cath lab for Nelson Hospital

Other News27 July 2016

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has approved a new $1.25 million cardiology suite for Nelson Hospital. In August, it was identified that the cardiology interventional suite, or cath lab was nearing the end of its 10 year life and was experiencing a number of failures. The cath lab had intermittent concerns around image quality and radiation exposure. A business case to implement a new cardiology suite was approved at a full meeting of the health board on Tuesday. See the article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/82510348/New-1-25m-cath-lab-for-Nelson-Hospital

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First survey in series identifies extent of DHB’s senior doctor shortage

ASMS News27 July 2016

The union for senior doctors and dentists has begun surveying the heads of departments in public hospitals to get an accurate picture of specialist shortages. The first survey has been carried out at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and it shows the DHB is significantly short of the senior medical officers it needs, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “There’s a difference between the number of vacancies a DHB advertises, which is directed …

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Canterbury Charity Hospital founder Phil Bagshaw slams Government data on unmet need

Other News27 July 2016

Government data showing how many patients are missing out on surgery in Canterbury is a “complete fudge”, Canterbury Charity Hospital founder Phil Bagshaw says. The Ministry of Health’s latest release of its “National Patient Flow” statistics attempts to shine a light on why New Zealand people are denied surgery. They show for the period between July and December 2015, the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) denied only about 4 to 5 per cent of surgery referrals per month. Bagshaw said the true figure is …

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The regions where you’re most likely to miss out on surgery

Other News27 July 2016

Patients living in the central and lower North Island are most likely to be rebuffed from the operating table because their DHBs are struggling to cope with surgical demand. The number of patients denied surgery is creeping up, and new Government figures paint a more detailed picture of the reasons New Zealanders living in pain are missing out. See the article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/82479875/the-regions-where-youre-most-likely-to-miss-out-on-surgery

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