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.

‘Dunedin doctors should stay out of rebuild plans’

Other News24 August 2017

Senior doctors should stick to surgery and keep out of the Dunedin Hospital rebuild. That is the view of Infrastructure New Zealand chief executive Stephen Selwood, who took exception to the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists opposing a public-private hospital. ”Why the senior doctors union think they’re experts in major capital procurement is beyond me,” he said. ”You wouldn’t get capital procurers professing their expertise in brain surgery, but for some reason the medical specialists think they’re experts in capital …

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No date set for Waikato DHB chief executive Nigel Murray’s return to work

Other News24 August 2017

Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray has gone on extended leave – with no date set for his return. Murray was absent from Wednesday’s board meeting despite previous indications he would be back in his role this week. Murray took annual leave on July 26 following allegations of unauthorised spending. He was initially expected to be on leave for two weeks but has since had his leave extended twice. Waikato DHB chairman Bob Simcock wouldn’t detail the nature of Murray’s leave or when …

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Jonathan Coleman confident CDHB can achieve $34m in savings without cuts

Other News24 August 2017

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman insists there won’t be any frontline service cuts in Canterbury as a result of the health board’s ballooning deficit. Coleman has come under pressure after Stuff revealed former Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) acting chairman Ta Mark Solomon warned the ministry that “significant service cuts of unprecedented scale” would be needed if the board’s planned deficit for this financial year was not approved. “We are not cutting services in Canterbury – services are improving and increasing – we have increased …

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Under investigation CEO difficult to work with, says GP group

Other News23 August 2017

A group representing hundreds of doctors has written an explosive letter to the Ministry of Health signalling a vote of no confidence in Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray and chairman Bob Simcock. The damning letter from Pinnacle, the Midlands Health Network made up of 400 GPs in 100 practices in the Waikato, Taranaki, Lakes and Gisborne districts, criticises what it describes as the “dictatorial” management-style of Murray and blames the DHB for a deepening rift between the …

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‘No way’ Canterbury DHB frontline services will be cut – Coleman

Other News23 August 2017

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has guaranteed Canterbury District Health Board’s frontline services will not be cut but insists it needs to tackle its finances. In emails released yesterday, the board discussed what it said was a Ministry of Health demand for its deficit to be slashed to $17 million, down from its current estimate of almost $54m. The ministry has asked that the following year, it reduce its deficit to zero. Read the article here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337799/no-way-dhb-frontline-services-will-be-cut Coverage below from Radio …

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