The latest newsletter from the World Medical Association (WMA) is available online. It contains articles on a flu immunisation campaign, building resilient health systems in Ebola-affected countries, torture and the involvement of health professionals, and a call for urgent action on climate change to protect health.
Palmerston North Hospital workers are frustrated about minimal pay increases when they say the district health board chief’s half-million pay packet gets a more substantial boost. Administration and clerical staff at MidCentral Health were offered only a 0.7 per cent pay increase this year, as well as a 1 per cent lump sum payment. The full article is available here.
The Commonwealth Fund has been publishing surveys comparing health care in industrialised countries since 1998, a continuing report card in which the United States has usually fared poorly because of its high proportion of uninsured people. Its latest report looks at people over 65 and finds a multitude of problems. The full article can be read here.
This is the fifth 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 26 November: Medical Students Association; Elections for National Executive, 2015-2018; Productivity Commission Consultation Paper: `More Effective Social Services'; Amendments to Employment Relations Act; Collective Bargaining with Non-DHB Employers; Review of the ASMS Reserves Policy and Use; Medical Council Prevocational Training Stakeholder Meeting; Other matters.
We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 1st issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports DHB chief executives contradict their own policy towards staff pay; 100 more specialists needed each year; Thanks to busy doctors leaves bittersweet after-taste; Decision on Wellington region public hospital laboratories imminent; ASMS Executive nominations are open; MECA clause 29 – your leave entitlement for professional meetings; ASMS homepage news items.
New Zealand’s public health system is under pressure. It’s a struggle for many to get onto hospital waiting lists for surgery or to see a specialist, chronic illnesses continue to increase, and mental health pressures worsen. Senior doctors are working longer and harder to cover staff shortages, and hospitals are spreading themselves more thinly than ever in a bid to do more with less money. The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is concerned about the pressure on the medical workforce and what this will mean for the provision of future health care. After analysing the best available evidence, the ASMS has prepared a report which highlights just how vulnerable the medical workforce is.