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

Medical Council of New Zealand election—call for nominations

Other News 21 November 2014
Nominate now

In March 2015, the profession will vote to choose four medical practitioners as nominees to the Medical Council. Nominations are now open and must be received by 12 noon on Friday, 16 January 2015.
This vote is a chance for you to be involved in the governance of the Council as your regulatory body.
More information about the election, including the Nomination Paper, is available here.

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Privatisation of hospital laboratories

ASMS News 21 November 2014
hospital laboratories

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is so concerned by plans to privatise the public hospital laboratories at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals in the greater Wellington region that it is taking steps to alert local mayors, district health board chairs and chief executives to the possible consequences.
“We want to make sure that the people making decisions about the future of the public hospital laboratories are fully informed about the risks of what they are doing,” says Ian Powell, Executive …

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Efforts to establish a joint therapeutic products regulator to cease

Other News 20 November 2014

The New Zealand and Australian governments have announced that efforts to establish a joint therapeutic products regulator, the Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA), are to cease.  In a joint media release from the two governments, Australian Health Minister Peter Dutton and New Zealand Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman say the decision was made following a comprehensive review of progress and assessment of the costs and benefits to each country of proceeding.  The full release is available here.
Dr …

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Government to wind down Health Benefits Limited

Other News 20 November 2014
health benefits

The Government has decided to wind down its controversial cost-savings agency Health Benefits Limited (HBL) but says district health boards will be put in charge of the savings programme.  HBL was given the task in 2010 of finding $700 million of savings in back-office functions of DHBs for reinvestment in health.  Radio New Zealand health correspondent Karen Brown outlined the Government’s decision on Morning Report.  Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says HBL has already achieved significant savings but …

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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. 2014-15

17 Nov 2014

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 15th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: HWNZ recognition of prolonged public hospital specialist shortages; Health Minister commended for dismissing flawed recommendations; Health insurers at it too; job descriptions; ASMS homepage news items.

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