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

Finally, the Government admits the TPPA will push up medicine costs

ASMS News 28 July 2015

“Finally, we get an admission from the Government that medicine costs will rise under the secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA),” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell.  He was commenting on Radio New Zealand reports that Prime Minister John Key has conceded New Zealand will have to pay more for some medicines under the TPPA, while adamant that patients will not be disadvantaged.  The full ASMS media release can be read here.
Meanwhile, political commentator Gordon Campbell writes about the …

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New Zealand Medical Association disappointed call for independent assessment of TPPA has been rejected

Other News 28 July 2015

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is extremely disappointed Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser has rejected the call for an independent assessment of the impact of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPPA) on our health system.
“The NZMA joined with a growing number of health organisations in calling for such an independent assessment,” says NZMA Chair Dr Stephen Child. In a letter in May, the NZMA formally requested a comprehensive, independent Health Impact Assessment (HIA), based on the actual text …

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Proposed DHB funding shake-up makes no sense

Other News 28 July 2015
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“Changing the way public hospitals are funded without proper consideration risks fragmenting health funding, disrupting patient services and undermining innovation,” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell.  He was commenting on a document leaked to Radio New Zealand that indicates the way DHBs are funded is in for a major shake-up.  A review ordered by the Director-General of Health suggests ending the bulk funding of DHBs and putting many health services out to tender.  The full ASMS media release can be …

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TPPA: Prime Minister admits medicine costs will rise

Other News 28 July 2015
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Prime Minister John Key has conceded New Zealand will have to pay more for some medicines under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) but says patients will not be disadvantaged.  Trade Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the TPPA are meeting in Hawaii this week to put the finishing touches on the international trade deal.  Mr Key has rejected criticism that the deal will be bad for New Zealand.  He says there is a high probability that patents on medicines …

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2015-2

26 May 2015

This is the second 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 7 May: next year’s national DHB MECA negotiations; ASMS National Secretary; national office appointments; further Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement actions; membership growth; national workshop for ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice Presidents; Medical Students Association; research project to measure unmet health need; Ministry of Health reviews – inflexible time frame; RDA initiative on sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour; collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; defining acceptable minimum standards in services and departments; other matters.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-10

13 Jul 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 10th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports on Hobson’s choice for laboratory services in the Wellington region; DHB performance on culture; Reminder: ASMS Annual Conference in November; Did you know…about flexible work?; Attempts to silence physicians, fighting a force-feeding bill, and anti-torture measures; ASMS homepage news items.

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Welcome to the ASMS video page.  Here you’ll find a selection of video interviews with people who have played pivotal roles with the ASMS, as well as videos of conference addresses and other significant presentations.

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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
How the secret TPPA deal could keep the cost of …

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