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.

Porirua hospital allows workers to occupy ‘unacceptably’ dangerous quake-prone building

Other News26 September 2018

Wellington hospital bosses have allowed workers to occupy an “unacceptably” dangerous earthquake-prone building for the last seven years, leaked documents show. Since 2011, staff at Ratonga Rua campus at Porirua have been told it’s safe to operate in the stores building – despite it being assessed as just 9 per cent of the building code and categorised as having an “unacceptable” risk for occupation. Over the past seven years, the country, including the capital, has been rocked by some of …

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Parts of Taranaki Base Hospital identified as earthquake prone

Other News26 September 2018

Four buildings, including the maternity ward, at Taranaki Base Hospital have been deemed earthquake prone after being reviewed by three engineering firms. Taranaki DHB chief executive Rosemary Clements said although the buildings, which included four hospital clinical buildings, one office building and three underground tunnels that provide utility services across the hospital, were earthquake prone, they were still able to be occupied. “We know this news could be concerning to our staff, patients and the community but I want to reassure them there is no cause …

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Underfunding of health system leads to $240m blowout – Health Minister

Other News26 September 2018

District health boards are $240 million in the red and current budget deficit forecasts have not been made public yet, despite being almost three months into the financial year. The combined deficit of the country’s 20 DHBs is more than 100 per cent higher than was predicted this time last year, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Health. “The year-end sector result is a $240m deficit while at the same period last year the sector was reporting a …

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Auckland hospitals write off $53m in treatment costs for overseas patients

Other News26 September 2018

Three Auckland district health boards have written off debts of $53.5 million run up by ineligible overseas patients in the past five years. Counties Manukau wrote off $31m, having recouped only a third of treatment costs from patients themselves and their insurers. A spokesperson said it appeared more people were visiting its area with existing health conditions and without medical insurance. As of last month, 10 patients were receiving dialysis at the Counties Manukau DHB, with a total patient debt …

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Honourable Theft

Other News25 September 2018

How one young woman broke down the gates of knowledge. Never underestimate the power of one determined person. What Carole Cadwalladr has done to Facebook and Big Data and Edward Snowden has done to the state security complex, the young Kazakhstani scientist Alexandra Elbakyan has done to the multi-billion dollar industry that traps knowledge behind paywalls. Her pirate webscraper service, Sci-hub, has done more than any government to tackle one of the biggest rip-offs of the modern era: the capture …

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