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

Veil of privacy could be lifted on suspect surgeons

Other News 19 December 2014

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.

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Disturbingly high number of senior doctors being appointed on fixed term contracts

ASMS News 18 December 2014
doctor survey

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.

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The Specialist magazine is now available

ASMS News 17 December 2014
December Specialist Front Cover Image

The latest issue of the ASMS magazine, The Specialist, is now available online.  In this issue we look at the formation of the ASMS 25 years ago, the shortage of palliative medicine specialists, the role of clinical leadership in health IT, and how one DHB is encouraging specialists to take sabbatical leave. We also consider the appointment of a new Health Minister, hear from one of our longstanding branch officers and report on the ASMS Annual Conference.

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New gestational diabetes guidelines published

Other News 17 December 2014
pregnant woman diabetes screening

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says all pregnant women will be routinely screened for diabetes as part of new national guidelines.  Following an extensive clinician-led process over the last two years, the Ministry of Health has compiled national guidelines which DHBs are expected to implement over the next 18 months.   Dr Coleman’s media release is available here.

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Executive Direct – Issue 2014-5

10 December 2014

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.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2014-19

19 Dec 2014

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.

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