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.

9% missing out on hospital treatment: study

Other News24 March 2017

A new pilot study finds that 9 per cent of adult New Zealanders are missing out on hospital treatment for non-urgent conditions – including mental, medical, surgical and dental problems. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the leader of the pilot study, the founder of the Canterbury Charity Hospital, surgeon Phil Bagshaw. Listen to the interview here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201837830/9-percent-missing-out-on-hospital-treatment-study

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Thousands left off surgery waiting lists suffering indefinitely: new research

Other News24 March 2017

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders living in pain are unable to access health care due to long waiting lists, a study in the New Zealand Medical Journal has revealed. The study, led by Christchurch surgeon Phil Bagshaw, developed tools to measure levels of unmet health need. New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11824097 Stuff: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/90770259/thousands-left-off-surgery-waiting-lists-suffering-indefinitely–study Green Party: https://www.greens.org.nz/news/press-release/new-research-shows-real-impact-national%E2%80%99s-health-cuts  

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New research findings paint damning picture of unmet health need

ASMS News24 March 2017

New research findings published in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal paint a damning picture of the level of unmet health need in this country, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “As a country we should be very concerned when credible independent research suggests that at least 25% of adults are not able to get the primary health care they require and the unmet secondary need is about 9%,” he says. “These research findings …

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Dunedin City Council launching hospital campaign

Other News23 March 2017

The Dunedin City Council is harnessing people power in a bid to keep Dunedin Hospital in the central city. It is launching a public campaign today at 12.30pm outside The Fix cafe in Frederick St. Cr David Benson-Pope said public support was imperative for the campaign to work. “Given the strength of feeling about this issue over such a long time, I think we can anticipate some pretty overwhelming support for what the council is leading here. “This is a …

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Getting patients with major trauma to the right hospital quicker

Other News23 March 2017

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse say hundreds will benefit from a new major trauma policy which will see patients taken to the most appropriate hospital more quickly. “The Government is focused on getting patients the care they need when they need it. As part of the wider work programme we’re rolling out the ‘Major trauma out of hospital destination policy’ from Monday,” says Dr Coleman. “Each year around 2,000 people with major trauma are transferred to …

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