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

NHS Hinchingbrooke and Circle

Behind the smoke and mirrors: a report on Hinchingbrooke and Circle

Other News30 October 2014

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.

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Transpacific partners

The impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on health

Other News29 October 2014

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 …

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Employment Law changes bad for public hospitals

ASMS News28 October 2014

“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 …

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