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

Rheumatic fever rates drop 24 per cent

Other News 27 August 2015
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Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says national rheumatic fever rates have dropped significantly. “The Government is committed to making progress on issues that affect our vulnerable young people,” says Dr Coleman. “Rheumatic fever is a serious disease which usually starts with a sore throat and can lead to lifelong heart problems. “It is great to see that rheumatic fever rates have continued trending downward since 2013. The latest figures show a 24 per cent decrease in first episode rheumatic fever hospitalisations …

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National should get a life to save a life over health and safety law

Other News 27 August 2015
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Journalist Vernon Small writes of National’s views on its health and safety law – calling for them to “drop the smart stuff and make the simple and principled call.  All workplaces, irrespective of their size and the industry they are in, should be entitled to ask for a health and safety rep.”  Read the full article here.  

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Review aims to optimise palliative care services

Other News 26 August 2015
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Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a review into palliative care services aims to further enhance the care accessed by thousands of New Zealanders and their families each year. “Palliative care is a priority for the Government and we are keen to ensure high quality and well-coordinated care is available to all who need it,” says Dr Coleman. “This review is not about changing the fundamental arrangements of palliative care, but building on progress already made and optimising services to meet …

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Nurses vote for new collective agreement

Other News 25 August 2015

Nurses, midwives and health care assistants working in the 20 district health boards (DHBs) around the country have voted to accept the DHBs’ proposed multi-employer collective agreement (MECA). NZNO industrial adviser, Lesley Harry says, “The first offer the DHBs brought to the table in May was roundly rejected. This time our members voted yes.” “The settlement includes a 2% pay rise backdated to 6 July 2015 and another 2% on the 4 July next year. The term of the agreement …

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Executive Direct – Issue 2015-3

20 August 2015

This is the third issue for 2015 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 23 July: next year’s national DHB MECA negotiations; Social Impact Bonds; Australian Border Defence Act; disclosure of personal information under the Official Information Act; Doctors’ Writing Project; health and safety campaign; national workshop for ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice Presidents; RDA initiative on sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour; collective bargaining with non-DHB employers
trends in the media; other matters; ASMS Branch Representatives: next Executive meeting; National Executive: Regional Representatives.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-12

11 Aug 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 12th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports on: TPPA legal challenge lodged with court; ASMS legal opinion on personal information and the Official Information Act; Presenteeism Survey; Literature review of Social Impact Bonds; Bullying in hospitals; MAS Membership Seminars; Reminder: ASMS Annual Conference in November; Did you know…about representation? ASMS homepage news items.

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