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.

Doctors fear coronavirus will hit NZ at same time as winter flu season

Other News21 February 2020

Doctors fear the coronavirus Covid-19 will hit New Zealand at the same time as the winter flu season, stretching health services and hospitals to breaking point. A report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research says New Zealand needs to do more to prepare for a pandemic and not rely on travel bans. Sarah Dalton, executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, said “I think our whole public health function in terms of epidemiology, planning, preparedness for …

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Middlemore doctor slams govt inaction on obesity

Other News17 February 2020

Middlemore Hospital intensive care specialist Dr David Galler sees the impact of obesity every day and believes his region has been abandoned in its fight against fat. Dr Galler and ASMS have been highly critical of the government’s decision to allow the food industry to continue self-regulating fast food advertising and have written to the Health Minister calling for tighter regulations. Read more        

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MECA negotiations underway

ASMS News13 February 2020

The first round of MECA negotiations has kicked off in Wellington. We have put together a 23-strong negotiating team, made up of ASMS representatives from around the country. Here’s the presentation given by ASMS President Murray Barclay. It gives a good sense of the key issues we’ll be discussing: MECA negotiation background. See who’s on the ASMS team here.

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Loss of orthopaedic surgeons will exacerbate estimated 33% shortage of senior doctors at Wairarapa DHB

ASMS News13 February 2020

The loss of two long-standing orthopaedic surgeons at Wairarapa DHB will exacerbate an already serious staffing shortage at Wairarapa DHB, says the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. ASMS has just released the results of a staffing survey carried out in September last year which shows an estimated shortage of full-time senior doctor positions of 33%. It has been looking at staffing levels across DHBs by asking clinical hospital leaders to assess how many full-time specialist positions are needed in their …

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DHBs need to employ GPs directly to ease shortages

ASMS News12 February 2020

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says a chronic shortage of family doctors in Northland is no surprise. RNZ is reporting that the shortage means patients are waiting up to two weeks to see a GP, while Whangarei Hospital is sending about eight non-urgent patients away each day with vouchers for free treatment at a private emergency clinic. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says it shows up clear flaws in the current model of primary healthcare. “Having non-urgent patients …

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