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.

Minister welcomes new Director-General of Health

Other News22 May 2018

Health Minister Dr David Clark says the new Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield has the skills and experience to be an outstanding leader for the Ministry of Health. Dr Bloomfield is currently Chief Executive of Capital and Coast District Health Board, where he is on secondment from the same position at Hutt Valley DHB. His appointment as Director-General of Health was announced this afternoon by the State Services Commission. “Dr Bloomfield understands our health system and has sector leadership experience. …

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Reports highlight appalling failure of hospital specialist workforce planning; more specialist positions desperately needed

ASMS News21 May 2018

“Reports that much-needed medical graduates from overseas are unable to find jobs in New Zealand highlight the appalling failure of workforce planning for hospital specialist positions by the Government’s agency Health Workforce New Zealand and district health boards,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that overseas trained doctors are finding it difficult to compete with New Zealand and Australian medical graduates in the job market (https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/103932802/foreign-doctors-struggling-to-get-jobs-in-new-zealand). Preliminary …

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Medical Mystery: Something Happened to U.S. Health Spending After 1980

Other News18 May 2018

The United States devotes a lot more of its economic resources to health care than any other nation, and yet its health care outcomes aren’t better for it. That hasn’t always been the case. America was in the realm of other countries in per-capita health spending through about 1980. Then it diverged. It’s the same story with health spending as a fraction of gross domestic product. Likewise, life expectancy. In …

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PPPs? Not really partnerships, and certainly not the solution

Other News18 May 2018

The label public-private partnership is a misnomer for approaches that are ill-suited to solve the problems in our public sector, writes Glenn Barclay, national secretary of the NZ Public Service Association A partnership of equals is a truly beautiful thing. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Thelma and Louise. It implies complementary skills, an indivisible pairing, the whole being more than the sum of its parts. It does not call to mind the uneasy marriage between …

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Some Budget relief for public health in sight but a lot more needed

ASMS News17 May 2018

“The Government’s health budget revealed today offers some relief to the cash-strapped public health system but clearly much more will be required to reverse years of under-resourcing,” says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s a positive first step, however, and senior doctors and dentists will particularly welcome the Government’s acknowledgement of the burden they and other health professionals have been carrying during years of under-funding, workforce shortages, and increased workloads.” …

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