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.

Weekend staff shortages fatal flaw at heart of the NHS

Other News 16 September 2014
doctor-story stressed 200

What good is a doctor who cannot be safe or a nurse who cannot show they care? asks, Tom Riddington in a blog post on The Guardian. He writes that he has worked enough hospital shifts to know that at night and during the weekend, only a handful of doctors are responsible for hundreds of patients.

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$1 million loss for Southern Cross

Other News 16 September 2014
stethoscope dollar sign and health spending

New Zealand’s biggest medical and health insurer has posted a $1.1 million annual loss after a record $694.5 million in claims, and Chief Executive Peter Tynan says the continuing rise in claims costs is of concern because it would directly affect premiums.  The full article is here.

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The argument for investment in public health

ASMS News 15 September 2014
Professor Martin McKee

For many years now Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been shining light on the funding of health care around the world and the consequences for individuals and their communities. In August, he addressed some of New Zealand’s most senior doctors on the evidence for government investment in health care at a special conference to mark 25 years of the ASMS: The argument for investment in public health.

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Fluoride gone, rot sets in

Other News 12 September 2014

The rot is already starting to show on young childrens’ teeth since the removal of fluoride from New Plymouth’s water, says Dr David Antunovic, Taranaki District Health Board clinical dental leader and owner of two private dental practices. He says that this year alone he has given 78 children under the age of five general anaesthetic to remove their rotten teeth. The full story is available here.

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2014-3

4 August 2014

This is the third 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 24 July and covers the following matters: ASMS Branch Officers National Workshop, 27 August; Taking up a formal clinical leadership position; Official Information Act: Complaints to Ombudsman; Settlement of Queensland Government’s employment dispute with public hospital specialists; Results of staffing and vacancies electronic survey; Collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; Meeting of medical workforce taskforce governance group; National Joint Consultation Committee; Health sector relationship agreement steering group; Other matters. . .

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2014-11

10 Sep 2014

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 11th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: ASMS’ 25th birthday and visit by Professor Martin McKee; ASMS Annual Conference in November – register now; ASMS and social media; Publications; ASMS homepage news items.

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