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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Construction contract awarded for $72 million Christchurch Outpatients facility

Other News1 July 2016

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced that Leighs Construction has won the construction contract to build Christchurch Hospital’s new $72 million Outpatients facility. “Currently outpatient services are scattered within temporary or outdated buildings across various sites in Christchurch. This new facility will benefit patients and staff by having key outpatient services together,” says Dr Coleman. “The facility has been designed in close consultation with clinical leaders, ensuring it will be a great addition to the Canterbury Health System.” The …

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Health Protection Bill passes third reading

Other News1 July 2016

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the passing of legislation which improves the management of serious infectious diseases and makes sunbeds R18. The Health (Protection) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in the House today. “The legislation brings together two separate but equally important sets of changes which will protect New Zealanders from these preventable harms,” says Dr Coleman. “The changes were necessary as current legislation uses a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’ approach to the management of infectious diseases, and …

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MidCentral District Health Board looks to address health inequities

Other News30 June 2016

MidCentral District Health Board is looking to create a fairer health system for its patients. Equity was one of several goals the DHB set as part of its strategic planning, which were presented to the board on Tuesday. That planning will then inform next year’s Annual Plan, prioritising the DHB’s values. See the full article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/81565754/midcentral-district-health-board-looks-to-address-health-inequities

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Ombudsman tells DHBs to release surgical data

Other News30 June 2016

Five district health boards have been told to release information about the number and types of operations performed by individual surgeons. But they won’t say whether any of those surgeons have botched operations. We discuss this with the chairman of the Medical Council Andrew Connolly. Listen to the interview here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201806443/ombudsman-tells-dhbs-to-release-surgical-data

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Who are they going to call?

Other News30 June 2016

A cry for help from New Zealand’s longest-running crisis line highlights chronic underfunding of the sector by the Government, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Lifeline is THE go-to helpline for people in crisis, taking up to 180,000 calls each year, and is the most recognised provider of suicide intervention services in the country. “Despite that Government cost-cutting has seen the agency lose several contracts it relied on for funding its 24/7 helpline, forcing it to go cap in hand …

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