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.

Stressed doctors urged to work part-time to avoid burnout

Other News 2 October 2014
Male physician heand down and pinching his nose. Concepts; exhaustion, concerned, tired, touched, sadness; bad news. White background

Working part-time is the only way family doctors in Scotland and elsewhere will be able to do their job without suffering burnout, a conference in Scotland is being told. Glasgow GP Dr Margaret McCartney says the long hours doctors are expected to work is having a major impact on the profession.

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Latest UnionAID newsletter

Other News 2 October 2014
stethoscope and globe

The latest Solidarity newsletter of the UnionAID (Union Aotearoa International Development) Trust is now available, profiling projects in South India and Myanmar.

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Calls for greater disclosure on NHS chiefs’ meeting with private US health insurer

Other News 1 October 2014
Under the Spotlight

A handful of consultancy firms and a health insurance giant bidding for NHS contracts have been operating a discreet forum at which they receive regular briefings from senior health service managers charged with ushering in the new era of competition among its providers. The revelation has raised fears that the NHS is falling victim to a land grab by a few powerful business interests, reports The Observer.

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Your surgeon seems qualified but can he or she type?

Other News 1 October 2014
Typing One-Fingered

University of California surgeon Wen T Shen blogs about the transition from paper-based to electronic medical records – and the personal challenge of trying to inspire confidence in patients while typing in a way that he likens to “tripping over letters like a drunken giraffe”.

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2014-3

4 August 2014

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. . .

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2014-11

10 Sep 2014

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 11th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: ASMS’ 25th birthday and visit by Professor Martin McKee; ASMS Annual Conference in November – register now; ASMS and social media; Publications; ASMS homepage news items.

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  • Publications