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

Resident medical officers – prepared to strike again if necessary

Other News 21 October 2016

As the two-day strike by resident medical officers drew to a close, Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report programme spoke to two doctors who took part in the strike – Dr Sam Holford and Dr Courtney Brown: A RMO who did not take part in the strike explained her reasons to Morning Report:’t-strike-give-opposing-view The National Secretary of the Resident Doctors Association, Deborah Powell, discussed the issues that remain unresolved:’-strike-is-over-for-now-but-what’s-next Whanganui DHB Chief Executive Julie Patterson, …

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‘A huge win for doctors’: Turnbull government backs down on gag laws for doctors on Nauru and Manus

Other News 21 October 2016
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The Turnbull government has quietly backed down on unpopular laws that threatened doctors and nurses with prison if they spoke out about abuses in offshore detention centres. On Friday, the Immigration Department posted an amendment to the Border Force Act, signed by the department secretary Michael Pezzullo on September 30, which removed restrictions on health professionals speaking out. Read more here:

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GP shortage not cured by new Waikato Medical School

Other News 20 October 2016
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The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) warns the proposed Waikato Medical School could have unintended negative consequences. The numbers of medical graduates from the Universities of Otago and Auckland have been increasing, and will continue to increase in the coming years. “Hospitals struggled to find jobs for our additional medical graduates this year. If we add more we risk having unemployed doctors. This would waste the significant financial investment the Government makes when training doctors,” says NZMSA President Mike …

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Fighting tooth decay with fluoride varnish

Other News 19 October 2016
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Nine to Noon hears from two District Health Boards which have begun painting fluoride varnish onto childrens’ teeth, to fight decay – with positive results so far. Dental decay is the biggest cause of preventable hospital admissions, with nearly 6500 children and adolescents needing surgery under general anaesthetic in the 2013/2014 year – the most recent available period. Listen here:

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2016-2

26 April 2016

Dear Member This is the second issue for 2016 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 14 April and will also be available on the ASMS website: The next regular Executive meeting is scheduled for 7 July. National DHB MECA negotiations Payroll Record membership year

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ASMS Direct – Issue 2016-3

17 May 2016
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