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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Pharmac’s biggest drug purchasing deal yet

Other News21 October 2014

The country’s drug-buying agency Pharmac recently announced a major deal with the drug company Novartis for nine new treatments and six new medications, which will benefit around 300,000 people.  It says it is the most significant bulk purchasing deal since it was created 21 years ago.  Kathryn Ryan from Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme talked to Pharmac Chief Executive Steffan Crausaz:

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NHS sale plan controversy risk for Ministers

Other News21 October 2014

From the UK – Sky News reports that Ministers have begun exploring a sale of the main supplier of temporary staff to the NHS in a move likely to revive political accusations about its creeping privatisation.  Sky News says the Department of Health has appointed accountancy firm Deloitte to review options for NHS Professionals, the state-owned staffing agency.  The full article is available here.

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Is rugby getting too dangerous for children?

Other News21 October 2014

A British public health researcher has spent a decade studying rugby injuries in children and says the sport has become too dangerous for children to play.  Allyson Pollock is a professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary, University of London.  She talked to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about her research and her book on the subject.

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Application for prescribing rights for registered nurses practising in primary health and specialty teams

Other News20 October 2014

The Nursing Council has submitted an application for designated prescribing rights for registered nurses practising in primary health and specialty teams.  The application will be considered by the Ministry of Health before further steps are taken to introduce a regulating enabling further registered nurses to prescribe.  More information is available here.

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