ASMS

We are the union for senior salaried doctors and dentists.

We promote, protect and support the interests of our members in all aspects of their working lives. We are working for an equitable, accessible public health care system that meets the needs of all New Zealanders.

Health Budget 2022 – Will we get better?

News16 May 2022

The Finance Minister Grant Robertson has said this year’s Budget will be all about health. We’ve written a pre-Budget opinion piece published in the Sunday Star Times and Stuff which looks at what’s needed to correct the many years of underinvestment.

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Senior doctors share allied health workers’ frustrations

News16 May 2022

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says today’s strike by allied health workers is a clear sign of the frustration with DHBs’ attitude towards pay negotiations in the health sector. Up to 10,000 DHB staff who are members of the PSA have walked off the job today after more than a year of failed talks over pay and conditions. They include technicians, dieticians, social workers, physiotherapists, audiologists, medical photographers, and contact tracers. “These people are part of …

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Staffing shortages elephant in the room in patient backlog plan

News4 May 2022

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says a plan to clear patient waiting lists must be matched with a plan to address huge workforce shortages across the health system. The Health Minister Andrew Little has announced a special taskforce and national approach to tackle hospital waiting lists caused by Covid. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says a focussed and co-ordinated approach is welcome but the elephant in the room is the ability of an under-resourced and depleted …

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Government ghosting health workers

News3 May 2022

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says the Government continues to ghost health workers in the lead up to the Budget. In a pre-Budget speech, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson has said New Zealand’s economy has come through the Covid shock better than most due to the positive health response. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says that positive health response was built on the back of overburdened and hard-working health workers who have seen nothing in return. …

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