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

Drugs giants in spin cycle

Other News 1 September 2014
Drug Patent Battles

Big drug companies, says Helena McAlpine, are “absolutely taking the piss”. The margins on their products are indefensible. If anyone has a right to an opinion on the matter, it’s her. McAlpine was first told she had breast cancer in 2009. She tells Paul Easton that two years later, she received the grim news the disease had spread to her upper skeleton.

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Tired attempt to pass off venal campaign as debate

ASMS News 1 September 2014

“The decision to bring British anti-tax spin doctor Christopher Snowdon to New Zealand last week was just another tired disingenuous attempt to dress up a venal campaign as a genuine debate,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

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Evaluation of the 20,000 Days Campaign

Other News 29 August 2014
Hospital bed- generic

Counties Manukau DHB has analysed the impact of its 20,000 Days campaign and its findings are reported on the HIIRC website. The campaign aimed to give back to the community 20,000 healthy and well days to avoid predicted growth in hospital bed days.  The full report is available here.

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Over-charging by outsourcing giant Serco costs NHS millions

Other News 29 August 2014
Pound Notes With Hand

Outsourcing giant Serco is embroiled in a fresh misuse of public funds scandal after a company it set up over-charged NHS hospitals millions of pounds, report Richard Whittell and Emily Dugan in The Independent. Leaked internal documents indicate Britain’s biggest pathology services provider, which was established by Serco in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals over-charged the NHS for diagnostic tests.

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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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