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

Medical Council – recertification for doctors in New Zealand

Other News 31 August 2015
Medical Council of NZ

  The Medical Council of New Zealand has developed a discussion paper on Council’s Vision and principles for recertification for doctors in New Zealand. The paper provides the background and current recertification requirements for doctors in New Zealand and introduces the proposed vision and principles. The Council is seeking your views on the vision and principles for recertification by asking specific questions that you are invited to respond to. Feedback should be submitted using this form. The deadline …

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Medical Council advisory – changes to fees

Other News 31 August 2015
Medical Council of NZ

The Medical Council of New Zealand has provided the following information about changes to fees. Changes to fees The Council has reviewed all its fees using Activity Based Costing to ensure that cross-subsidisation amongst fees is minimised, and to ensure that there was greater transparency and equity across all our fees. We consulted on all changes to fees with the profession and stakeholders. The Council resolved on 15 July 2015, following consideration of feedback, to adopt the fees set out …

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Surgeries cancelled at Southland Hospital

Other News 31 August 2015
elderly patients

A significant number of non-urgent surgeries have been cancelled at Southland Hospital in recent weeks because there were no spare beds for the patients to sleep in afterwards. Southern District Health Board acting chief medical officer Dick Bunton said the winter months resulted in higher numbers of elderly people being hospitalised with chest infections and respiratory problems which contributed to the hospital beds being filled up.  Read the full article here.  

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Thousands of South Canterbury people refused specialist treatment over 5 years

Other News 31 August 2015
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People are being turned away by specialists as they are not considered bad enough to meet the criteria for an operation in South Canterbury.  More than 500 people referred to specialists in South Canterbury were told their ailments were not considered severe enough for surgery in 2014.  The South Canterbury District Health Board’s (SCDHB) First Specialist Assessment (FSA) figures were revealed under an Official Information Act request. They show the number of people returned to their General Practitioners (GP) after …

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Executive Direct – Issue 2015-3

20 August 2015

This is the third issue for 2015 of our electronic publication, Executive Direct, to report to members on National Executive news. It is sent to members after each Executive meeting. This Direct reports on the Executive meeting held on 23 July: next year’s national DHB MECA negotiations; Social Impact Bonds; Australian Border Defence Act; disclosure of personal information under the Official Information Act; Doctors’ Writing Project; health and safety campaign; national workshop for ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice Presidents; RDA initiative on sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour; collective bargaining with non-DHB employers
trends in the media; other matters; ASMS Branch Representatives: next Executive meeting; National Executive: Regional Representatives.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-12

11 Aug 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 12th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports on: TPPA legal challenge lodged with court; ASMS legal opinion on personal information and the Official Information Act; Presenteeism Survey; Literature review of Social Impact Bonds; Bullying in hospitals; MAS Membership Seminars; Reminder: ASMS Annual Conference in November; Did you know…about representation? ASMS homepage news items.

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