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.

Hundleby ‘on gardening leave’ from ministry, amid scrutiny of his work

Other News17 July 2018

Relationships and capital projects are said to be involved in a period of “gardening leave” for a top health official. New Zealand Doctor could not get a response from the Ministry of Health directly addressing comments in the health sector on the absence from duty of critical projects director Michael Hundleby. We understand an investigation is under way while Mr Hundleby is on leave. The ministry would provide no comment today on the existence or not of any investigation. It reiterated …

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New Zealand hospital staff abused daily: ‘It’s time to talk’

Other News17 July 2018

Hospital staff nationwide are being abused daily with reports of death threats, nurses being punched in the face and wrists being broken. New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association spoke to the Herald about the increasing number of “extremely violent” incidents by patients and their family members towards staff. “It’s a real concern and I think it’s time we have a hard conversation about it. Hospital staff are not being respected and that needs to change,” NZRDA national secretary Dr Deborah Powell said. Read …

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Canterbury police responding to ‘scary’ increase in suicide-related calls

Other News17 July 2018

Suicide-related call-outs for police in Canterbury continue to increase beyond anywhere else in the country seven years on from the earthquakes. The district’s top cop described the year-on-year increases as “scary” and said: “we are concerned that our community is hurting”. A new Canterbury police intelligence report shows attempted/threatened suicide call-outs increased 64 per cent from 2311 in 2013 to 3809 in 2017, which equates to about 10 a day. The increase outstrips national figures, which record a roughly 50 per …

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ACC medical advisors on strike today

ASMS News17 July 2018

The majority of highly experienced senior doctors employed by ACC to assess medical claims have gone on strike this morning for improvements to their collective employment agreement. The strike for four hours from 8am today is the first of a series of weekly rolling stoppages, says Lloyd Woods, a Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “They’ve been patiently putting their claims before ACC for a small pay rise, a statement about the importance of well-being, …

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Syphilis deaths highlight need for proper health sector resourcing

ASMS News16 July 2018

“The heart-wrenching news that babies have died from syphilis underscores yet again the importance of properly funding and resourcing essential health services,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “This should not be happening in a quality first-world public health care system like New Zealand’s.” He was commenting on reports that babies are dying from syphilis passed on from their mothers during pregnancy (https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12086283). He particularly noted comments by Dr Jane Morgan, clinical …

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