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

High Court TPPA ruling sends strong message to Government

ASMS News 13 October 2015
New Zealand Government

“Today’s High Court decision sends the Government a clear message that it needs to be more transparent when negotiating trade deals with far-reaching consequences for New Zealanders,” says Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director.   The full media release can be read here.   A copy of the High Court judgement can be read here.

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Consultation begins on pharmacy 5 year plan

Other News 13 October 2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says consultation on the plan outlining the future of pharmacy services in New Zealand gets underway today. “The role of pharmacists is evolving and we need to ensure that we have a plan in place to respond and harness these changes,” says Dr Coleman. “Pharmacy has the ability to provide more care to people with long term conditions and older patients so they can live longer healthier lives away from hospitals and in their own communities. …

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Recruitment for cancer support roles underway

Other News 13 October 2015
cancer patients

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says support for cancer patients is being boosted with the recruitment of new psychological and social support roles. “A diagnosis of cancer can be a very difficult time for patients and their families. An additional $4.5 million a year was provided in Budget 2014 for improved psychological and social support for cancer patients,” says Dr Coleman. “Six regional lead psychologists and more than 36 psychologists and experienced social workers will be appointed across the country. “These …

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Executive Direct – Issue 2015-4

16 September 2015

This is the fourth 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 10 September: next year’s national DHB MECA negotiations; ASMS Annual Conference; Medical Council recertification draft statement; DHB SMOS Salary Survey; Council of Trade Unions National Affiliates Council; Collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; Other matters; ASMS Branch Representatives: next Executive meeting; National Executive: Regional Representatives.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-14

24 Sep 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 14th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports on: Disciplinary action threat against Dr Chris Cresswell over TPPA protest; The Specialist magazine; Register now for the ASMS Annual Conference, 19-20 November; Distributive Clinical Leadership – question about senior management; Presenteeism Survey update; Did you know…about clinical leadership? ASMS homepage news items.

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