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.

‘Shocking’ figures highlight Southern DHB problems

Other News 29 July 2015

“Shocking” new figures showing per-person district health board income throughout New Zealand should prompt a rethink of health funding, says Dunedin North MP Dr David Clark.  He was commenting on an Otago Daily Times analysis showing the 20 DHBs’ 2013-14 income, divided by the number of people each serves.  Those figures show the Southern DHB has the lowest per-person income in the South Island, and the third lowest in New Zealand.  The full article can be read here.

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Doctors alarmed over impact of TPPA on drug costs

Other News 29 July 2015

Two senior doctors have been interviewed by Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme today about their concerns about the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on medicine costs.  Prime Minister John Key conceded yesterday that medicine costs were set to rise under the TPPA, although he was adamant that the Government, rather than patients, would absorb any extra cost.  ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell says any rise in drug costs will inevitably have an impact on the …

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Health Minister: ideas for radical overhaul of health funding welcomed as an “interesting discussion”

Other News 29 July 2015
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Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is welcoming radical proposals to overhaul how public health services are funded as “good for debate”.  Proposals in leaked documents include withholding money from district health boards if they miss targets, and making the DHBs bid against others for a share of funding, reports the New Zealand Herald.  The proposals have been attacked as likely to cause fragmentation of health funding and patient services.  Dr Coleman says the documents contain interesting ideas but were a long …

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Health funding slashed by $1.7 billion, says Labour

Other News 29 July 2015
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Health funding has been slashed by $1.7 billion in the last five years, according to data commissioned by Labour.  Opposition health spokesperson Annette King says the figures show the Government has been “squeezing too hard and investing too little”.   Labour’s Infometrics report shows health funding has been cut in four of the last six Budgets.  The full article can be read at–labour.
ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell was interviewed in this item on TVNZ’s One News programme last night: …

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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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  • Publications



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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Prof Martin McKee to Northland DHB
ASMS Annual Conferences and Events

2014 Annual Conference
25th Anniversary Conference

Past Presidents and Life Members
ASMS History and Recollections

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

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