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

Call to tackle toxic surgery smoke risk for doctors, nurses, patients

Other News 30 May 2016
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Surgeons, nurses and patients are being exposed to toxic surgical smoke from burnt body parts, and health staff want new safety measures to combat the risks in New Zealand hospitals. The thermal destruction of human tissue – burning through flesh during surgery – can create plumes with dangerous by-products, including live viruses, carcinogens, hydrogen cyanide and cellular material. See the full story here:

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Govt finds $10m to kickstart Greymouth hospital construction

Other News 30 May 2016
Grey Base artists impression

The Government has freed up nearly $10 million to kickstart the revamp of dilapidated Grey Base Hospital, after senior doctors said they feared for patients’ safety. It is a turnaround from a Ministry of Health announcement in February that said the start of construction on the $68 million hospital redevelopment in Greymouth would be delayed six months  due to a $1.3m budget blowout. The ministry said it needed “certainty on costs” to ensure the work could be done within budget. Grey Base Hospital’s Emergency Department is only 16 per …

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BMA agrees junior doctor package

Other News 30 May 2016

The BMA has reached an agreement with the Government on a new contract for junior doctors in England. The key improvements for junior doctors are: Recognition of junior doctors’ work and contribution across every day of the week Proper consideration of and provision for equality in the contract, including the chance for accelerated training for those who take time out for caring responsibilities Improved flexible pay premia for specialties such as emergency medicine and psychiatry to address the current recruitment and …

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Executive Direct – Issue 2016-1

7 March 2016

Dear Member This is the first issue for 2016 of our electronic publication, Executive Direct, to report to members on National Executive news. It is sent to members after each Executive meeting. This Direct reports on the Executive meeting held on 4 February and will also be available on the ASMS website: The next regular Executive meeting is scheduled for 14 April. The meeting was preceded the previous day by an informal strategic planning day of which the main focus …

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2016-1

17 Feb 2016

Dear Member Welcome to the first issue for 2016 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. You can also keep in touch with the latest news and views on health issues relevant to public hospital specialists via our website, which contains links (at the top of the home page) to our Facebook and LinkedIn pages, as well as our quarterly magazine The Specialist. We’re also on Twitter at 1. Joint ASMS-Medical Students Association conference: …

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