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

Wellington Anniversary Day

ASMS News18 January 2019

The ASMS national office will be closed on Monday 21 January for Wellington Anniversary and will reopen on Tuesday 22 January. If you have an urgent query over this period, please email and someone will get back to you.

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Thousands of New Zealand doctors strike over pay, work conditions

Other News18 January 2019

Nearly 80 percent of junior doctors across New Zealand have walked off work at public hospitals, after a breakdown in union talks with the government over working conditions and wages. The strike on Tuesday spotlights the difficulties Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government faces in delivering on its promise to pour money into social services and rein in economic inequality when it took office in 2017. The centre-left government’s traditional union support base says sluggish wage growth and soaring living costs have …

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Wellington GPs to strike again

ASMS News17 January 2019

GPs at Wellington’s Ora Toa Health practices will strike again tomorrow (FRIDAY) for a full day because of the employer’s stubborn refusal to include dentists in the collective agreement. This is the second full-day strike – the first was on Christmas Eve – and follows a series of shorter rolling strikes last month. Read more about them here: Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira has rejected a further compromise offered by the union, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). …

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What happens if the junior doctors’ contract dispute isn’t resolved?

Other News17 January 2019

There could be significant consequences if the junior doctors aren’t able to swiftly heal the rift with their District Health Board employers, with more mediation, strikes, facilitation or even lock-outs among the possible levers. Increasing acrimony between the DHBs and members of the New Zealand Registered Doctors’ Association (NZRDA) has seen discussions grind to a halt with doctors already embarking on the first of two nationwide strikes. The race is now on to resolve their competing opinions over what should be included in the next Multi-Employer Collective Agreement …

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Blame DHBs, not the unions, for the junior doctors’ strike

Other News16 January 2019

OPINION: Blaming rivalry between health unions for the resident (junior) doctors’ strikes rather misses the point about who is responsible for the turbulent period of industrial strife that public hospitals now find themselves in. Saturday’s editorial in Stuff  newspapers over-emphasises the importance of the new much smaller union, Specialty Trainees of New Zealand (StoNZ). The editorial fails to adequately recognise the complexity of the problem. Resident doctors are in training, usually either to become general practitioners or hospital specialists.  There is a dilemma …

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