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

We need a frontline drug for Melanoma, says Annette King

Other News 12 February 2016

Pharmac’s latest refusal to fund Keytruda means thousands of melanoma sufferers are still without a front line drug, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “Pharmac must at least offer Keytruda as a temporary solution until more long-term data is available. At the moment it’s scandalous that people are dying because there is no effective treatment funded for advanced melanoma. “Labour supports the Cancer Society’s view that the new drugs like Keytruda are a ‘quantum leap’ over anything now available to melanoma …

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Long serving Taranaki DHB chief executive resigns

Other News 12 February 2016

Pauline Lockett, Taranaki DHB Chair today announced with regret the resignation of Tony Foulkes after 12 years as Chief Executive of Taranaki District Health Board: Taranaki DHB chief executive Tony Foulkes has resigned after 12 years at the helm of one of Taranaki’s largest employers:

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Minister deaf to mental health issues in Canterbury, says Labour

Other News 11 February 2016
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The people of Canterbury will be shocked to hear that the Minister of Health believes there is no problem with mental health funding in Canterbury, says Labour’s spokesperson on Health Annette King. “Jonathan Coleman has wilfully ignored DHB mental health figures that show child and youth cases are up 67 per cent, and adult psychiatric assessments at Emergency Departments have risen by 102 per cent since 2012. “The Canterbury District Health Board has told Parliament’s Health Select Committee their mental health …

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  • ASMS Directs

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. 2015-15

21 Oct 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 15th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports on: High Court TPPA ruling sends strong message to Government; Working in Canterbury – negative impact on staff health; Plan to develop a single national electronic health record; Survey on hours of work and burnout; Final reminder: Register now for the ASMS Annual Conference, 19-20 November; Did you know…about covering for residents? 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. Hot topics Prof Martin McKee to Northland DHB ASMS Annual Conferences and Events 2015 Annual Conference 2014 Annual Conference 25th Anniversary Conference Past Presidents and Life Members ASMS History and Recollections Hot topics  Trans Pacific Partnership …

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