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.

Why modern medicine is a major threat to public health

Other News19 October 2018

When former airline pilot Tony Royle came to see me last year to seek reassurance that it was OK to participate in an Ironman event, having stopped all his medications 18 months after suffering a heart attack, I was initially a little alarmed. But after talking to him, I realised he had made an informed decision to stop the medication after suffering side effects, and instead had opted for a diet and lifestyle approach to manage his heart disease. His …

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More beds, upgraded facilities for North Shore and Whangarei hospitals

Other News19 October 2018

More patients will receive the surgery they need following a funding boost to North Shore and Whangarei Hospitals Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “It’s a priority of the Coalition Government to improve the wellbeing of all New Zealanders and their families and access to quality healthcare is a key part of that. “This investment will make a real difference to patients and their families and to staff working at the frontline after years of underfunding of facilities in the …

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Māori, Pacific straight-to-interview policy likely to be copied: expert

Other News16 October 2018

All eligible Māori and Pacific job candidates are being automatically fast-tracked to the interview stage for openings at Auckland DHB. The change has been made to try to increase workforce diversity, and has already resulted in more Māori and Pacific candidates being interviewed and hired. The policy, which began in June, is likely to be adopted by the private sector, a human resources lecturer says. Jarrod Haar, Professor of human resources management at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), said the …

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Top Ministry of Health official remains on leave as restructure claims position

Other News16 October 2018

A top health official with oversight of hospital redevelopments totalling hundreds of millions of dollars remains on leave four months after he became the subject of an internal investigation. Ministry of Health critical projects director Michael Hundleby was placed on paid leave around the start of June while a Ministry investigation, understood to focus on procurement, was carried out. It is understood the investigation is still under way, but it is not clear if he is still on full pay. Read more here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/107766668/top-ministry-of-health-official-remains-on-leave-as-restructure-claims-position?cid=app-iPhone

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Single Chief Executive for two DHBs is a mistake

ASMS News12 October 2018

“The decision to appoint a single chief executive to lead two Wellington region district health boards is a mistake,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). She was commenting on an announcement that a single chief executive would be recruited to run both the Capital & Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB (https://www.ccdhb.org.nz/news-publications/news-and-media-releases/2018-10-11-single-chief-executive-to-lead-capital-coast-and-hutt-valley-dhbs/). “The two DHBs have their own particular issues, population health needs and workforce pressures to deal with,” she says. …

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