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.

Application for prescribing rights for registered nurses practising in primary health and specialty teams

Other News 20 October 2014

The Nursing Council has submitted an application for designated prescribing rights for registered nurses practising in primary health and specialty teams.  The application will be considered by the Ministry of Health before further steps are taken to introduce a regulating enabling further registered nurses to prescribe.  More information is available here.

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Health Minister’s approach slammed

Other News 20 October 2014
Dr James Knight

A senior Dunedin medical figure has taken issue with new health minister Dr Jonathan Coleman’s “condescending” approach towards doctors at the Southern District Health Board.  Dunedin Hospital general medical staff chairman Dr James Knight, a psychiatrist and mental health medical director, says the Minister appeared to have visited Dunedin with an “agenda” to tell the DHB it was adequately funded and to play down concerns over staff morale.  The full article is available here.

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Call to measure cracks in treatment

Other News 17 October 2014

New Zealand has a ‘moral imperative’ to better measure how many people fall through the cracks of its healthcare system, a new report says.  An article published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today says New Zealand, similar to many countries, fails to properly consider unmet health care needs.  The full story is available here.

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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. 2014-12

07 Oct 2014

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 12th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: new Health Minister; thinking of working in Queensland? At your peril; register now for the ASMS Annual Conference in November; joint consultative committees; new appointees survey; collective employment agreements deliver pay rises; Whale Oil attacks on public health experts; ASMS homepage news items.

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