ASMS

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.

Taxpayers to foot £200bn bill for PFI contracts – audit office

Other News19 January 2018

Taxpayers will be forced to hand over nearly £200bn to contractors under private finance deals for at least 25 years, according to a report by Whitehall’s spending watchdog. In the wake of the collapse of public service provider Carillion, the National Audit Office found little evidence that government investment in more than 700 existing public-private projects has delivered financial benefits. The cost of privately financing public projects can be 40% higher than relying solely upon government …

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Bowel cancer national screening roll out delayed for Taranaki residents

Other News19 January 2018

Taranaki health authorities had begun planning a bowel cancer screening programme for men and women aged 60-74 years old despite the postponement of a national programme set to start this year. However the recruitment of more specialist endoscopy staff would be crucial for authorities in Taranaki being able to participate in the national screening programme. Taranaki District Health Board chief operating officer Gill Campbell said the national screening programme, announced by the former National Government, was originally set down to begin in Taranaki …

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Composition of hospital rebuild advisory group criticised

Other News18 January 2018

Dunedin Hospital rebuild leader Pete Hodgson has taken the first step in stamping his identity on the project, appointing an advisory group to provide local government, iwi and transportation advice. However, in the process he has drawn criticism from regional mayors seeking an assurance their voices will be heard on the rebuild. There is also no business representation in the group. Read the article here: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/composition-hospital-rebuild-advisory-group-criticised

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Calls for health system rethink to help patients with serious long-term conditions

Other News15 January 2018

The health system is not helping, but harming some seriously unwell Kiwis, and needs an attitude overhaul to make it patient-friendly, experts say. Researcher Dr Helen Francis followed the journey of 16 patients with more than one serious long term health condition, for five years. She found many were faced with frustrating obstacles in healthcare that became insurmountable burdens. She was awarded her doctorate from Massey University’s School of Nursing in Manawatū late last year for the study. “The families I talked to had all sorts of awful things going on in their lives …

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Canterbury to get bowel screening by June 2020

Other News15 January 2018

Canterbury will offer bowel screening to 60-74 year olds in the 2019-2020 year, but concerns about staffing for the increased workload remain. It is the second change to the timeframe for the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) rollout in Canterbury since the National government committed funding to it in Budget 2016. Canterbury was to begin the programme last year, but the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) told the Ministry this was not achievable given the reduced facilities while Christchurch Hospital was redeveloped. The revised date was after …

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