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.

Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics

ASMS News 29 September 2014
silent doctors

“It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

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Governments spend less on health while out-of-pocket costs rise

Other News 29 September 2014
stethoscope dollar sign and health spending

Australians’ out-of-pocket health care costs are the highest they have been in a decade, while growth in spending from state and federal governments is at a record low, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. A report shows growth in health spending fell to 1.5% last year – its lowest level in 30 years – while individual Australians’ share of spending on health reached its highest level in a decade.

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Dr Paul Hutchison praised for work to reduce child poverty

ASMS News 26 September 2014
healthy children

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has thanked retiring National MP Dr Paul Hutchison for his work to reduce child poverty. “Dr Hutchison chaired Parliament’s Health Select Committee which produced a very thorough report with specific recommendations to improve the lives of children,” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell. “This report was notable for achieving cross-party support, which is to the Committee’s – and Dr Hutchison’s – credit. Dr Hutchison would have made a very able cabinet minister.”

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  • ASMS Directs

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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