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The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.


DHB CEOs bury head in sand over sonographer crisis

Other News24 October 2014

The crisis in sonographer retention has escalated to the point where the viability of a public service is perilously close to demise, according to the association representing sonographers nationwide.  More than 30 sonographers have exited the industry in the past 15 months, leading to a crisis in hospitals around the country.  Waiting lists can be over 12 months in some areas.  The full APEX media release is available here.

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Southern DHB needs to hang onto the keys of Queenstown’s hospital

ASMS News24 October 2014

“It’s looking more and more as if the Southern DHB’s management is so obsessed with turning around its financial deficit that it’s prepared to throw everything overboard in a bid to stay afloat – even the lifeboats and the passengers,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We’ve very concerned by indications emerging from the DHB that it wants to abrogate its responsibilities by shifting the cost of health services and governance of Queenstown’s …

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Population based funding

Health funding review parameters unclear

Other News24 October 2014

If the Southern District Health Board is hoping changes to the funding system might help its money woes, it will have to be patient.  An early task for new Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman, may be approving the long-awaited review of the population-based funding formula (PBFF) used to fund district health boards. But although preliminary work has begun on the review, just what it will cover has still not been spelt out.  The full article is available here.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2014-13

National Direct24 October 2014

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 13th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: new Health Minister to address ASMS Conference; Health informatics – a beginners’ guide for clinical leaders; ASMS history captured on video; joint consultation committees; illness or accident of close family member – clause 27 DHB collective employment agreement; ASMS homepage news items.

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