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


Taranaki DHB supports fluoride in the water

Other News29 May 2015

Community water fluoridation is safe, effective and affordable, according to the Taranaki District Health Board, which has confirmed its position on fluoride at a meeting this week.  Board representatives will speak at the New Plymouth District Council long term annual plan submissions hearing on Wednesday next week about putting fluoride back in New Plymouth’s water.  The DHB says it endorses community water fluoridation as an important public health measure in the maintenance of oral health, the prevention of tooth decay …

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Affordable Care Act

ACA adding billions to health care bureaucratic waste: study

Other News28 May 2015

In the United States, a study just published says the Affordable Care Act (ACA) there will add more than a quarter of a trillion dollars to the already very high administrative costs of US health care through to 2022.  The website Physicians For A National Health Program (PNHP) says the study authors – Drs David U. Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler – calculated yearly estimates for private insurance overheads and government programme administration costs both with, and without, the effects of …

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Northland medical officer of health back from Sierra Leone

Other News28 May 2015

Dr Clair Mills is used to tending to emergency medicine and disease on a global scale and also dealing with serious public health issues in one of New Zealand’s most economically strained and disadvantaged areas.  She has previously been on several missions in Africa and some of the world hotspots for Médecins Sans Frontières.  Earlier this year she worked in Sierra Leone with medical teams treating Ebola patients, and she talked to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to …

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Food service contract

Hawke’s Bay DHB becomes first to decline national food contract

Other News28 May 2015

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has become the first to refuse to join a national food service being offered by Crown-owned company Health Benefits Limited (HBL).  HBL was set up in 2010 to save money by combining the purchasing power of health boards and negotiating single contracts with suppliers.  At the DHB’s Board meeting, staff told the Board there were concerns about the business case, that it might jeopardise food quality, offered little financial benefit, would have a negative impact …

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-7

National Direct27 May 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 7th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports Government figures mask true extent of medical workforce need; Laboratories decision a major blow for clinical leadership; Budget fails to invest in health workforce to deliver health care needed; Clause 17.1 of DHB MECA – employer subsidy for your superannuation; ASMS homepage news items.

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