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.

Hospital administration staff essential to smooth running of hospitals

ASMS News19 April 2018

“Administration and clerical staff working in public hospitals provide essential support to front line clinical staff, including senior doctors and dentists, and need to be paid fairly,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). She was commenting on reports that Public Service Association members who work in administration and clerical positions at district health boards are raising an equal pay claim with their employers (https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/103196585/district-health-board-admin-and-clerical-staff-raise-equal-pay-claim). Ms Belich noted the PSA’s comments that …

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DHBs struggle to give bowel cancer tests on time

Other News16 April 2018

Some district health boards are struggling to provide a key bowel cancer test on time. Colonoscopies are needed to diagnose bowel cancer, which kills more than 1200 people a year. DHBs are expected to provide timely colonoscopies as screening for the disease begins nationwide. But details released to RNZ under the Official Information Act show it’s proving far from easy. RNZ health correspondent Karen Brown talks to Susie Ferguson. Listen here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018640824/dhbs-struggle-to-give-bowel-cancer-tests-on-time

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SmartHealth costs continue to balloon with after-hours doctors’ service at $668k

Other News16 April 2018

After-hours doctors for the failed SmartHealth app cost Waikato District Health Board almost $670,000 in less than one year. And a review of the controversial virtual health project by EY (Ernst and Young) is costing taxpayers $240,000. The figures, admitted by the DHB under questioning from the Herald, add another $908,000 to the $18 million online doctor service that was canned last Monday after only attracting 10,000 users in two years. And the amounts don’t yet take in the after-hours cost …

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Waikato doctor swaps ED bustle for Commonwealth Games stint

Other News16 April 2018

His day job involves tending to the injured, ill, and intoxicated at one of the country’s busiest hospital EDs. But emergency physician Dr John Bonning​ recently stepped away from the relentless bustle of Waikato Hospital to look after elite mountain bikers at the Commonwealth Games. The 51-year-old has spent the past four weeks on the Gold Coast as venue medical manager at the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails. Read more here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/103076133/waikato-doctor-swaps-ed-bustle-for-commonwealth-games-stint

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Threat to New Zealand’s public health services re-emerges with prospect of US involvement in trade deal

ASMS News13 April 2018

“New Zealand has further cause to worry about the implications for our health system with the news that the US President is considering rejoining the international trade deal formerly known as the TPPA,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on media reports that Donald Trump has asked his advisors to look into rejoining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPATPP) (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/354930/trump-to-take-another-look-at-tpp-disaster). Senior doctors have repeatedly called for …

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