27 August 2014
Outsourcing giant Serco is embroiled in a fresh misuse of public funds scandal after a company it set up over-charged NHS hospitals millions of pounds, report Richard Whittell and Emily Dugan in The Independent. Leaked internal documents indicate Britain’s biggest pathology services provider, which was established by Serco in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals over-charged the NHS for diagnostic tests. The full article is available here.
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) welcomes the report released by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Peter Gluckman, examining the scientific evidence for and against community water fluoridation.
This is the third issue for 2014 of our electronic publication, Executive Direct, to report to members on National Executive news. This Direct reports on the last Executive meeting held on 24 July and covers the following matters: ASMS Branch Officers National Workshop, 27 August; Taking up a formal clinical leadership position; Official Information Act: Complaints to Ombudsman; Settlement of Queensland Government’s employment dispute with public hospital specialists; Results of staffing and vacancies electronic survey; Collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; Meeting of medical workforce taskforce governance group; National Joint Consultation Committee; Health sector relationship agreement steering group; Other matters. . .
We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 10th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: New website; Celebrate 25 years of ASMS engagement and advocacy: Tuesday 26 August; Workforce publication; Consider registering now: The ASMS Annual Conference, November 2014; APAC 2014; Whangdoodles and such matters; ASMS homepage news items.
A new report published by the ASMS shows New Zealand relies heavily on overseas-trained doctors to fill the gaps in its medical workforce but evidence shows this will not be enough to cover the shortages of hospital specialists being experienced now, and looming. The report, Taking the Temperature of the Public Hospital Specialist Workforce, analyses the best available evidence and highlights just how vulnerable the hospital specialist workforce is.