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

Doctors shocked by Southern DHB’s Queenstown plans

Other News 31 October 2014
doctors in group

Queenstown doctors are seething over a behind-the-scenes plan by the Southern District Health Board to place the district’s public hospital into a private trust, reports Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report programme.  The full story can be heard here.

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Government mulls further Holidays Act changes

Other News 31 October 2014
Holiday Act changes

With the ink still drying on the controversial Employment Relations Amendment Bill, the Government’s next focus is changes to the way holiday pay and annual leave are calculated, reports Radio New Zealand.  The full item is available here.

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Shameful attack on all workers

Other News 31 October 2014

The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers.
“These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which could be a world leader, now lags so far behind.” CTU President, Helen Kelly said.
“These new laws are intended to attack basic work rights. Workers will now find it much harder to get a fair deal through collective bargaining simply because …

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Behind the smoke and mirrors: a report on Hinchingbrooke and Circle

Other News 30 October 2014
NHS Hinchingbrooke and Circle

In February 2012, Hinchingbrooke Hospital became the first NHS Trust to be operated by a private partner, Circle.  Dr John Lister has since analysed the public image of both Circle and Hinchingbrooke, and in a report prepared for UNISON (the largest public sector union in the United Kingdom), he argues that neither are what they seem.  His report is available here.

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Executive Direct – Issue 2014-4

3 October 2014

This is the fourth 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 25 September: 25th Commemorative Conference and Martin McKee visit; To BIM we go; Collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; Health sector relationship agreement steering group; Other matters …

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2014-13

24 Oct 2014

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 13th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: new Health Minister to address ASMS Conference; Health informatics – a beginners’ guide for clinical leaders; ASMS history captured on video; joint consultation committees; illness or accident of close family member – clause 27 DHB collective employment agreement; ASMS homepage news items.

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