Surgeons may not be able to hide behind the Privacy Act when the quality of their work comes into question, after a ruling from the official information watchdog. In a significant decision, the Ombudsman has signalled there could be a public interest in “lifting the veil” on a health practitioner’s complaint history at a district health board. The full article can be viewed here.
ASMS is concerned by the number of senior doctors hired on fixed term rather than permanent employment contracts in district health boards (DHBs) in the past two years. “An ASMS survey found that 20% had been taken on under fixed term contracts, which we find disturbingly high,” says Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director. The full media release is available here.
This is the fifth 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 26 November: Medical Students Association; Elections for National Executive, 2015-2018; Productivity Commission Consultation Paper: `More Effective Social Services'; Amendments to Employment Relations Act; Collective Bargaining with Non-DHB Employers; Review of the ASMS Reserves Policy and Use; Medical Council Prevocational Training Stakeholder Meeting; Other matters.
We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 19th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports the December issue of The Specialist; Minister tells DHB chairs and chief executives to listen to doctors; Public health: the silent crisis; ASMS homepage news items.
New Zealand’s public health system is under pressure. It’s a struggle for many to get onto hospital waiting lists for surgery or to see a specialist, chronic illnesses continue to increase, and mental health pressures worsen. Senior doctors are working longer and harder to cover staff shortages, and hospitals are spreading themselves more thinly than ever in a bid to do more with less money. The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is concerned about the pressure on the medical workforce and what this will mean for the provision of future health care. After analysing the best available evidence, the ASMS has prepared a report which highlights just how vulnerable the medical workforce is.