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

Unjustified hurtful attack on southern radiologists

ASMS News 2 December 2016
Southern DHB

“The criticism of radiologists at Southern District Health Board was an unjustified attack,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that Southern DHB’s medical director of radiology had criticised long  delays for ultrasound at Southland Hospital and had also described dealing with the DHB’s radiologists as the hardest part of her job: (  This follows an early public attack on them ( Mr Powell said her comments …

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Wellington, Hutt latest in combined DHB appointments

Other News 2 December 2016
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Health minister Jonathan Coleman has appointed the man in charge of rebuilding Dunedin Hospital, Andrew Blair, to chair two Wellington district health boards. Southern Partnership Group chair Mr Blair, who is overseeing the Dunedin Hospital Redevelopment, will head both the Capital and Coast DHB and the nearby Hutt Valley DHB, taking over from Virginia Hope. It is one of many changes to DHB leadership nationwide Dr Coleman has unveiled. Read the article here:,-hutt-latest-in-combined-dhb-appointments

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Bad look for Waikato DHB over expense disclosure delays

ASMS News 2 December 2016

“It’s a bad look for Waikato District Health Board to be dragging the chain on disclosing the expenses of its chief executive,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that the State Services Commission is “disappointed” that Waikato DHB has not disclosed Chief Executive Nigel Murray’s expenses since he took up the job in 2014 ( The DHB has reportedly attributed the delays with disclosing these expenses to …

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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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