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

Sugar drinks and junk food blamed as children’s rotten teeth are pulled out

Other News 29 July 2015
Rob Beaglehole

Children as young as 18 months old are having multiple rotten teeth pulled out as parents feed toddlers soft drinks through sipper bottles, and chocolate biscuits and Milo as bedtime treats.  Rob Beaglehole, the principal dental officer for Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, reports on several recent cases of young children having to have teeth removed after constantly drinking sugary drinks.  The full article can be read here.

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US doctor told of false identity case in Waikato

Other News 29 July 2015
identity fraud

A US doctor has been informed his identity may have been stolen in what is being described as a “sophisticated” case of identity fraud by a man who allegedly posed as a psychiatrist and worked for the Waikato District Health Board, reports the New Zealand Herald.  The qualified psychiatrist was believed to be unaware that a man – who gained medical registration in New Zealand – was allegedly using his identity, including degree certificates and US medical registration confirmation, to …

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‘Shocking’ figures highlight Southern DHB problems

Other News 29 July 2015

“Shocking” new figures showing per-person district health board income throughout New Zealand should prompt a rethink of health funding, says Dunedin North MP Dr David Clark.  He was commenting on an Otago Daily Times analysis showing the 20 DHBs’ 2013-14 income, divided by the number of people each serves.  Those figures show the Southern DHB has the lowest per-person income in the South Island, and the third lowest in New Zealand.  The full article can be read here.

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Doctors alarmed over impact of TPPA on drug costs

Other News 29 July 2015

Two senior doctors have been interviewed by Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme today about their concerns about the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on medicine costs.  Prime Minister John Key conceded yesterday that medicine costs were set to rise under the TPPA, although he was adamant that the Government, rather than patients, would absorb any extra cost.  ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell says any rise in drug costs will inevitably have an impact on the …

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2015-2

26 May 2015

This is the second 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 7 May: next year’s national DHB MECA negotiations; ASMS National Secretary; national office appointments; further Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement actions; membership growth; national workshop for ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice Presidents; Medical Students Association; research project to measure unmet health need; Ministry of Health reviews – inflexible time frame; RDA initiative on sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour; collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; defining acceptable minimum standards in services and departments; other matters.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-10

13 Jul 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 10th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports on Hobson’s choice for laboratory services in the Wellington region; DHB performance on culture; Reminder: ASMS Annual Conference in November; Did you know…about flexible work?; Attempts to silence physicians, fighting a force-feeding bill, and anti-torture measures; ASMS homepage news items.

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Welcome to the ASMS video page.  Here you’ll find a selection of video interviews with people who have played pivotal roles with the ASMS, as well as videos of conference addresses and other significant presentations.

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Prof Martin McKee to Northland DHB
ASMS Annual Conferences and Events

2014 Annual Conference
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Past Presidents and Life Members
ASMS History and Recollections

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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
How the secret TPPA deal could keep the cost of …

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