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.

elective surgery1

Doctors worry over patients waiting for elective surgery

Other News2 April 2015

Surgeons and others are deeply worried about patients who are referred for elective surgery but can wait long periods for an operation.  Radio New Zealand’s health correspondent, Karen Brown, reports on the growing unmet need for what is often life-changing surgery and concerns that this will worsen in coming years.  On Sunday 5 April at 8.12am, Radio New Zealand’s Insight programme takes an in-depth look at the demand for elective surgery – and the rise in unmet need.

Read more »

Stand up to Falls

Stand up to falls – new patient safety campaign focus

Other News2 April 2015

Reducing harm from falls is the fifth focus for the Open for better care national patient safety campaign. Open for better care is led nationally by the Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission), and delivered in partnership with First, Do No Harm in the Northern region.
The theme is ‘Stand up to Falls’ and it will focus on an integrated approach to falls in older people across the health sector. This theme applies in all care settings – it is …

Read more »

Sore throat

130 new rheumatic fever drop-in clinics opening

Other News1 April 2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 75 new free drop-in sore throat clinics are now up and running in Waikato and Northland, and a further 55 clinics will soon be opening.  “The Government has invested more than $65 million to prevent rheumatic fever,” says Dr Coleman.   There are now 202 drop-in clinics in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Rotorua, Gisborne/East Coast, Porirua and the Hutt Valley.”   The full media release is available here.

Read more »

rural hospital

Workforce woes ease but rural hospitals still a ‘threatened species’

Other News1 April 2015

The crisis in the rural hospital doctor workforce is abating against a backdrop of an “inexorable” decline in the number of small town hospitals, says Ross Lawrenson in New Zealand Doctor.
The head of the University of Auckland’s Waikato Clinical School presented research at the recent rural health conference in Rotorua showing an improving picture of rural hospital workforces.
The number of FTE (full time equivalent) doctors in 18 rural hospitals which directly employ medical staff has risen from 85 in 2009 …

Read more »

waiting times

Flow-on effect of health targets concerning

Other News31 March 2015

Nurses are saying the Health Minister’s target of six hours waiting time in emergency departments is causing trouble right through the hospital system, reports the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO).  The Minister recently admonished at least one district health board for its “recurring pattern of poor performance”, particularly in its emergency departments.  The full NZNO media release can be read here.

Read more »