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

The Specialist magazine is now available

ASMS News 17 December 2014
December Specialist Front Cover Image

The latest issue of the ASMS magazine, The Specialist, is now available online.  In this issue we look at the formation of the ASMS 25 years ago, the shortage of palliative medicine specialists, the role of clinical leadership in health IT, and how one DHB is encouraging specialists to take sabbatical leave. We also consider the appointment of a new Health Minister, hear from one of our longstanding branch officers and report on the ASMS Annual Conference.

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New gestational diabetes guidelines published

Other News 17 December 2014
pregnant woman diabetes screening

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says all pregnant women will be routinely screened for diabetes as part of new national guidelines.  Following an extensive clinician-led process over the last two years, the Ministry of Health has compiled national guidelines which DHBs are expected to implement over the next 18 months.   Dr Coleman’s media release is available here.

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Government denies health sector underfunded

Other News 16 December 2014
underfunding health sector

The Government denies it is underfunding the health sector, as doctors and nurses sound alarms over the possibility of further budget pressure, reports Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint programme.   The full item can be heard here.

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DHB bosses’ rift requires mediation

Other News 16 December 2014

Hutt Valley DHB is in the grips of a management crisis over cost-cutting and merging, with the chief executive and the chairwoman barely talking, reports the Dominion Post newspaper.  It understands the relationship has become so bad that chief executive Graham Dyer and chairwoman Virginia Hope are now in mediation, with sources describing the critical relationship as ‘tense’ and ‘strained’.  The full article can be read 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. 2014-18

09 Dec 2014

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 18th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports on presentations and discussion from the second day of the ASMS Annual Conference in Wellington on 27-28 November: Potential consequences of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement; Senior doctors call for independent health assessment of TPPA; The importance of clinical leadership in health IT; Job satisfaction and stress; Promoting Sabbaticals; About Part-Timers and reimbursement of CME and work expenses; ASMS homepage news items.

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