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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Secret document leaks show Jeremy Hunt’s deception over the seven-day NHS

Other News29 August 2016

It’s 4am. When your heart arrests and the emergency call goes out, what you really don’t want is a doctor whose first response to your crisis is a silent stream of expletives. You don’t want the person racing to your bedside to be so exhausted they can barely think straight. And you definitely don’t want them to be pumping your chest while wondering what to do with the patient pile-up threatening to overrun the unit from where they’ve just sprinted. …

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Secret documents reveal official concerns over ‘seven-day NHS’ plans

Other News29 August 2016

The health service has too few staff and too little money to deliver the government’s promised “truly seven-day NHS” on time and patients may not notice any difference even if it happens, leaked Department of Health documents reveal, reports The Guardian. Confidential internal DH papers drawn up for Jeremy Hunt and other ministers in late July show that senior civil servants trying to deliver what was a totemic Conservative pledge in last year’s general election have uncovered 13 major “risks” to it. While …

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New Zealand College of Midwives conference, Auckland

Other News26 August 2016

Speech from Jonathan Coleman – NZ College of Midwives conference, Auckland Introduction It’s great to be here today to open the New Zealand College of Midwives 14th biennial national conference. I’d like to acknowledge the New Zealand College of Midwives Auckland region for hosting the conference, as well as the keynote speakers. Midwifery contribution The birth of a child is the most important event in life for most Kiwis. There are close to 60,000 new births annually in New Zealand. …

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Canterbury DHB saves $1 million after 900 at-risk people have homes insulated

Other News26 August 2016

Insulating homes of Canterbury people with high health needs reduced hospital stays by almost 30 per cent, saving the DHB almost $1 million, reports NZ Doctor. Now, the NGO behind the insulation project, Community Energy Action Charitable Trust, is rallying the DHB for further investment as the Government-funded Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme comes to an end. Community Energy Action chief executive Caroline Shone says the savings and flow-on effects of the Canterbury programme were far greater than …

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Most patients are in and out of ED within 6 hours

Other News26 August 2016

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new report confirms the vast majority of patients seen at an Emergency Department are in and out within six hours. “A high functioning ED is a sign of a healthy hospital with a dedicated workforce, the support of a number of high-functioning departments including diagnostic services, and good general practice services,” says Dr Coleman. “Figures released today show around one in seven New Zealanders went to an ED at least once during 2014/15. Over …

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