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.

Emergency department wait times improve

Other News 25 November 2014
Emergency and Acute Admissions entrance

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest National Health Target results show that over the busy winter months people were treated more quickly in emergency departments across the country than in previous years.  Almost 93 out of every 100 people presenting to an emergency department during winter were admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours.  His full media release can be read here.

Read more »

New Zealand health professionals keen to join Ebola fight

Other News 24 November 2014

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there has been a high level of interest from New Zealand health professionals wanting to join international efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. A total of 34 people had registered interest via the Ministry of Health website since Monday.  The Government is facilitating the deployment of up to 24 volunteers as part of the Australian-flagged mission in Sierra Leone.  More information is available here.

Read more »

DHBs roll out new national maternity IT system

Other News 24 November 2014
maternity IT system

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is welcoming the rollout of a new national IT system aimed at improving the quality of maternity care for women and their babies.  The Maternity Clinical Information System (MCIS) is a secure online system which brings together all the information collected on different systems in hospitals and in the community.  More information is available here.

Read more »

Government to wind down Health Benefits Limited

Other News 24 November 2014
health benefits

The Government has decided to wind down its controversial cost-savings agency Health Benefits Limited (HBL) but says district health boards will be put in charge of the savings programme.  HBL was given the task in 2010 of finding $700 million of savings in back-office functions of DHBs for reinvestment in health.  Radio New Zealand health correspondent Karen Brown outlined the Government’s decision on Morning Report.  Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says HBL has already achieved significant savings but …

Read more »

  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2014-4

3 October 2014

This is the fourth 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 25 September: 25th Commemorative Conference and Martin McKee visit; To BIM we go; Collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; Health sector relationship agreement steering group; Other matters …

Read more »

ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2014-15

17 Nov 2014

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 15th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: HWNZ recognition of prolonged public hospital specialist shortages; Health Minister commended for dismissing flawed recommendations; Health insurers at it too; job descriptions; ASMS homepage news items.

Read more »

  • Publications