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

Full-up hospitals discharging patients to prepare for doctors’ strike

Other News 17 January 2017

The New Zealand Herald reports that a number of public hospitals were full today, complicating the countdown to the three-day medical strike starting tomorrow morning. Thousands of unionised resident medical officers – house officers and trainee specialists – are expected to be absent from work at 18 of the 20 district health boards during the strike, which runs from 7am tomorrow, until 8am on Friday. The protracted dispute’s issues have included what the union calls unsafe rosters and unsafe workloads, pay …

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Private health insurance sales surge amid NHS crisis

Other News 17 January 2017

The number of people in Britain taking out private medical insurance has risen significantly for the first time since 2008, amid fears about the ongoing crisis gripping the NHS. After falling steeply between 2008 and 2011 and then staying flat, demand for private medical insurance cover in Britain rose by 2.1% in 2015 with just over 4 million people insured. Philip Blackburn, an economist at LaingBuisson, said: “There has been a clear rise in interest …

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Figures indicate upheaval: King

Other News 16 January 2017

Figures showing the Ministry of Health shelled out more than $1.35 million for redundancies in just 17 months indicate upheaval and a loss of experienced staff, Labour Party health spokeswoman Annette King says. In 2015-16, the ministry paid out at least $610,000 for 18 redundancy payments, and from July to November last year, it paid at least $740,000 for 10 payments, figures released under the Official Information Act show. The biggest single amount was $170,000 to $179,999. The figures are …

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Editorial: The deepening argument about the widening pay gap

Other News 13 January 2017

How can DHB bosses be preaching austerity to the young doctors, asks the Salaried Medical Specialists’ union, when they averaged a 2.6 per cent pay rise? And how come they got this kind of rise when the average public sector chief executive got only 1.3 per cent? These are hard questions and it’s not obvious that the DHBs can answer them. The point is not that reducing the DHB bosses’ salaries would free up the money needed to pay the …

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  • 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

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ASMS Direct – Issue 2016-3

17 May 2016
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