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.

Workplace culture at SDHB under microscope

Other News19 August 2019

A range of recent official and anecdotal reports have highlighted workplace culture issues at various Southern District Health Board sites. Health reporter Mike Houlahan asks if one of the region’s largest employers is one of the worst places to work. This week Otago Daily Times readers learned of claims junior doctors had been “broken” by bullying, favouritism and humiliation during their time in Dunedin Hospital’s gastroenterology department. Read more here: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/workplace-culture-sdhb-under-microscope The ODT followed up the article after hearing reader feedback …

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Southland Hospital surgeons call on SDHB to take immediate action

Other News19 August 2019

Southland Hospital general surgeons have called on the Southern District Health Board to immediately implement the recommendations of its own external review for bowel cancer treatment. The six surgeons have written an open letter saying it is disheartening the DHB is still requesting they apply criteria to colonoscopy access, even after the patient has been seen by a gastrointestinal specialist surgeon. Last month a damning external audit was released, saying the DHB had serious problems controlling bowel cancer and there were lengthy delays for …

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Arrests of health professionals deplored

Other News16 August 2019

The arrest of four Turkish health professionals for providing medical care to a wounded child in Turkey during a curfew has been deplored by the World Medical Association (WMA) and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME). The four health staff – a physician Dr. Nesim Sayın and three nurses – were detained and arrested by Turkish authorities earlier this month following a police raid on their homes. According to information from their lawyers, they provided care to a 12-year-old …

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New research links poor housing to hospital admissions

Other News15 August 2019

A research paper conducted by the University of Otago that was published today has shown a strong link between damp, mouldy housing and hospital admissions for young children with respiratory infections. “This research confirms the extra burden placed on too many families trying to keep their children safe. Poor housing standards that harm children are totally unacceptable”, said Green Party housing spokesperson Marama Davidson. “We need to see more urgent progress on enforcing the Government’s healthy homes standards. Housing New …

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Measles outbreak: Twenty-seven new cases in Auckland in one day, national number surpasses 500

Other News13 August 2019

Auckland’s measles outbreak is showing no sign of slowing down, with 27 new cases confirmed in the space of one day. As of Tuesday, there have been 410 cases of the highly infectious illness in the region so far this year, jumping from 383 on Monday. Auckland Regional Public Health Service saw the largest week-on-week increase last week, with 58 new cases. It comes as the latest surveillance report from ESR shows there have been 516 confirmed measles cases across New Zealand this year. The total number …

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