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.

Peer Review: The Worst Way to Judge Research, Except for All the Others

Other News12 November 2018

Even before the recent news that a group of researchers managed to get several ridiculous fake studies published in reputable academic journals, people have been aware of problems with peer review. Throwing out the system — which deems whether research is robust and worth being published — would do more harm than good. But it makes sense to be aware of peer review’s potential weaknesses. Read the article here: https://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/

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WMA condemns ‘shameful’ move to ban doctors from working

Other News9 November 2018

The World Medical Association has condemned as ‘shameful’ a new move by the Turkish authorities to restrict the freedom of Turkish physicians to practice medicine. Under a new law approved yesterday by Turkey’s Health Commission, thousands of physicians will be barred from working in either the public sector or in private hospitals operating through contract with the Social Security Agency, effectively putting them out of work. Dr. Ardis Hoven, Chair of WMA Council, said the WMA strongly supported the claim …

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Virtual health school pitched to ease rural staff shortages

Other News9 November 2018

A virtual school “embedded in rural New Zealand” has been proposed to ease the shortage of rural health professionals – and not just doctors. The multi-organisation pitch would involve rural academics and students sharing spaces with local GPs, and was revealed on Friday in a New Zealand Medical Journal article. At the core would be health academics throughout rural Aotearoa, “brought together on a ‘virtual campus’ with the aid of modern IT”. But the National Interprofessional School of Rural Health doesn’t plan to be a …

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Patients ‘at risk’ as NHS England delays clinical reports

Other News9 November 2018

Patients are being put at risk because NHS England is delaying the publication of national clinical audits, HSJ has been told. Several royal colleges have expressed “significant concerns” about NHS England’s interference with the national clinical audit programme process. HSJ has learned a number of clinical audit reports have been delayed by months because NHS England and its communications team have not given their approval for publication under its new report approval process. In addition, several reports for the National Confidential Enquiry into …

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Physio school better than a med school

Other News6 November 2018

OPINION: It’s a story that deserved more recognition, more celebration. It came and went without much ado. Few it seems appreciated the significance of Wintec’s achievement when it won the right to open a new physiotherapy school, the first new physio academic facility to be established in 45 years. It’s an academic achievement in a medical field that re-establishes academic credibility for Wintec. After witty sex toy headlines “Wintec spends $28,900 on sex-doll probe”and a backdrop of Wintec mismanagement and governance dysfunction …

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