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

Laboratory specialists oppose privatisation of Wellington region hospital laboratories

ASMS News 29 January 2015
medical laboratories

“Pathologists and infection control specialists 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, ASMS Executive Director.
Hospital laboratories affect around 70% of clinical decision-making in Wellington and Hutt Hospitals.  The full media release is available here.

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Latest World Medical Association newsletter

Other News 26 January 2015
World Medical Association

The latest newsletter from the World Medical Association (WMA) is available online.   It contains articles on a flu immunisation campaign, building resilient health systems in Ebola-affected countries, torture and the involvement of health professionals, and a call for urgent action on climate change to protect health.

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Pay boost for health board boss riles snubbed hospital staff

Other News 26 January 2015
pay rise

Palmerston North Hospital workers are frustrated about minimal pay increases when they say the district health board chief’s half-million pay packet gets a more substantial boost. Administration and clerical staff at MidCentral Health were offered only a 0.7 per cent pay increase this year, as well as a 1 per cent lump sum payment.  The full article is available here.

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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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