Working for better health care in New Zealand

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

Pilot to support patients with diabetes and mental illness

Other News 22 July 2016

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes two new innovative pilot programmes which aim to help patients with both diabetes and mental health issues. “The Diabetes Plan aims to prevent people developing type 2 diabetes and improve the quality of life and health services for those living with diabetes,” says Dr Coleman. “Health professionals often see patients with poorly controlled diabetes who also suffer from mental health issues. These patients are at risk of developing further diabetes-related complications, adding more pressure on …

Read more »

Advice about board should not have been secret

Other News 21 July 2016
Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman should not have kept secret official advice about the pros and cons of sacking Southern District Health Board members, the Chief Ombudsman says. In a letter to the Otago Daily Times, Judge Peter Boshier said he had formed the opinion that Dr Coleman should not have withheld the official information. Dr Coleman had also withheld an admission that the board was “heavily reliant” on consultants as it had lost so many finance staff. A sentence …

Read more »

‘General’ hospital possible

Other News 21 July 2016
Waiting Room

Dunedin Hospital might switch to a “generalist” medical model with less focus on individual specialist services when it is rebuilt. Southern Partnership Group chairman Andrew Blair, of Hawke’s Bay, stressed no decision had been made on the critical question over the hospital’s future. “Everything is up for consideration,” he said during a visit to Dunedin yesterday. See the article here:

Read more »

  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2016-2

26 April 2016

Dear Member This is the second issue for 2016 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 14 April and will also be available on the ASMS website: The next regular Executive meeting is scheduled for 7 July. National DHB MECA negotiations Payroll Record membership year

Read more »

ASMS Direct – Issue 2016-3

17 May 2016
  • Publications