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

Decision to sideline pathologists in laboratories decision labelled “strange”

Other News 30 January 2015
pathologists in laboratories

The lack of full involvement of pathologists and other clinical staff in the decisions about the Wellington region’s public hospital laboratories is being labelled “strange” by the laboratory clinical services director for both Counties Manukau and Waitemata District Health Boards, Dr Ross Boswell.  In an article in New Zealand Doctor magazine, Dr Boswell questions the sidelining of pathologists, given that laboratories depend on clinical governance.  “There is benefit in having them in the game,” he told the magazine.  He says …

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Growing support for shared ethical principles from health care and medicines providers

Other News 30 January 2015

The international Hospital Federation and the International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance (IGPA) have endorsed efforts by founding partners of the Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration to promote common ethical principles worldwide when delivering solutions to address patients’ needs. Countries currently looking to build a set of joint national ethical health practices inspired by the Consensus Framework include Austria, Belarus, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Philippines, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.  Signatories of the Consensus Framework comprise the International Alliance of Patients’ …

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World physicians acknowledge tragic loss of doctor in fatal hospital shooting

Other News 30 January 2015
cardiovascular surgery

The World Medical Association (WMA) has extended its condolences to the family of cardiovascular surgeon Dr Michael Davidson, who was shot twice and later died, while working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA.   This most recent deadly attack on a physician in the USA comes despite a United Nations General Assembly resolution last year urging governments to act to ensure the safety of health care staff worldwide.  According to the World Health Organization, serious acts and threats of …

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Laboratory specialists oppose privatisation of Wellington region hospital laboratories

ASMS News 29 January 2015
medical laboratories

“People working in the Wellington region’s public hospital laboratories are expressing strong concern about possible privatisation of the laboratory service and the clinical risks that will arise if privatisation goes ahead,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).
Hospital laboratories affect around 70% of clinical decision-making in Wellington and Hutt Hospitals.
The Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs are poised to make further decisions on the future management of the Wellington and Hutt Valley hospital …

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Executive Direct – Issue 2014-5

10 December 2014

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.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-1

28 Jan 2015

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.

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