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.

Unison’s NHS workers back strike action in England

Other News 19 September 2014
industrial action strike

NHS workers in England who are members of Unison – including nurses, occupational therapists, porters and others – have voted to back strike action in a row over pay in England. Union officials say that 60% of NHS staff and 70% of nurses will not get a pay rise for the next two years, and this has created a demoralised workforce.

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Pressures on health sector grow

Other News 18 September 2014
Orange Voting Box

Pre-election debate over healthcare has been dominated by how the ever-growing health dollar will be carved up and what the total spend should be, reports The Press. There is no doubt a key challenge will be managing the mounting pressures on the health sector that will flow as the population ages and non-communicable diseases take their toll. Labour, the Greens, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation say the New Zealand health sector has …

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Weekend staff shortages fatal flaw at heart of the NHS

Other News 16 September 2014
doctor-story stressed 200

What good is a doctor who cannot be safe or a nurse who cannot show they care? asks, Tom Riddington in a blog post on The Guardian. He writes that he has worked enough hospital shifts to know that at night and during the weekend, only a handful of doctors are responsible for hundreds of patients.

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$1 million loss for Southern Cross

Other News 16 September 2014
stethoscope dollar sign and health spending

New Zealand’s biggest medical and health insurer has posted a $1.1 million annual loss after a record $694.5 million in claims, and Chief Executive Peter Tynan says the continuing rise in claims costs is of concern because it would directly affect premiums.  The full article is here.

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Executive Direct – Issue 2014-3

4 August 2014

This is the third 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 24 July and covers the following matters: ASMS Branch Officers National Workshop, 27 August; Taking up a formal clinical leadership position; Official Information Act: Complaints to Ombudsman; Settlement of Queensland Government’s employment dispute with public hospital specialists; Results of staffing and vacancies electronic survey; Collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; Meeting of medical workforce taskforce governance group; National Joint Consultation Committee; Health sector relationship agreement steering group; Other matters. . .

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2014-11

10 Sep 2014

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 11th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: ASMS’ 25th birthday and visit by Professor Martin McKee; ASMS Annual Conference in November – register now; ASMS and social media; Publications; ASMS homepage news items.

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