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


New Zealand just a ‘minnow’ in the TPPA

Other News3 March 2015

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will increase the power of global corporations, and be a bit like the Sky City convention centre deal on “super steroids”, Professor Jane Kelsey told a Dunedin audience.  She described New Zealand as a “minnow” in the controversial deal.  The full Otago Daily Times article can be read here.
Meanwhile, Jane Kelsey will be providing an update on the TPPA in Wellington, Wednesday 4 March at 5.30pm at Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrce. She will …

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Financial analysis

Gobsmacking lack of robust financial analysis for DHBs’ flawed laboratories proposal

ASMS News2 March 2015

“The three Wellington regional district health boards driving public hospital laboratories toward privatisation have failed dismally to provide any good financial analysis of the benefits of going down this path,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).
The Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs are due to make a decision shortly about the future of the Wellington and Hutt Valley public hospital laboratories.  Medical specialists and other health professionals are very concerned about …

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suicide prevention

New toolkit to help DHBs in suicide prevention

Other News2 March 2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource released today is designed to help DHBs, in partnership with their communities, prevent and respond to suicide.  “Around 500 New Zealanders take their own lives every year,” says Dr Coleman.  The Ministry of Health, DHB staff, health professionals, community organisations and experts in the field have developed a new web resource which includes links to research, programmes and services.  More information is available here.

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Pressure to bring in tobacco plain-packaging

Other News2 March 2015

The Government is being lobbied to bring the tobacco plain-packaging bill back to Parliament for a final vote, now the policy has been found to work “almost like a vaccine against tobacco” in Australia, reports the New Zealand Herald.   The health select committee last year supported the bill but the Government has delayed bringing it back to the House pending the outcome of the challenges against the Australian law by the tobacco industry.  The full article can be read

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