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

Targeted health champion: Hager’s light on dark arts reassures

Other News 21 August 2014

Public health advocates now have a handle on the scale of the derogatory campaigning against them, says addiction specialist Doug Sellman, subject of abuse on the Whale Oil blog. “When you are the person being attacked, you think ‘maybe this is real’,” Professor Sellman says. But having read Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, the Alcohol Action media spokesperson suspects much of the abuse vented in Whale Oil comment streams is from a small number of people using pseudonyms.

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Intensive care study

Other News 20 August 2014
Hospital on a drip

A trans-Tasman study of intensive care unit patients has found that those discharged at night are more likely to die than those discharged in the daytime.  The full item on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report programme can be heard here.

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Free visits to doctor big gun on health battlefield

Other News 20 August 2014
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In health, the election has become a bidding war focused on the new centre ground of free doctor visits, reports Martin Johnston in the New Zealand Herald.  National outmanoeuvred Labour in May with a Budget promise to extend free GP visits and prescriptions to children under 13 from next July, but now Labour has trumped National by adopting its under-13s policy and extending it to the elderly.
The full article is available 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. 2014-10

15 Aug 2014

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 10th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: New website; Celebrate 25 years of ASMS engagement and advocacy: Tuesday 26 August; Workforce publication; Consider registering now: The ASMS Annual Conference, November 2014; APAC 2014; Whangdoodles and such matters; ASMS homepage news items.

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