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.

Thousands wait in vain

Other News25 September 2017

More than 3100 patients of Southern District Health Board are overdue for an eye follow-up appointment as the board continues to deal with a crisis in its ophthalmology service. Of those, 719 patients had waited one and a-half times longer than they should. Read the article here: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/health/thousands-wait-vain

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Hutt families ‘not coping’: Report urges overhaul of child and youth mental health services

Other News25 September 2017

If a Hutt Valley teen was seeking a non-urgent mental health appointment, they would have to hang on for at least eight weeks. That’s the next available appointment available for 12-19 year-olds in the area, where an independent review has found gaping holes in the service. In May, there was a lag time of six months between initial contact with the Hutt Valley District Health Board’s (HVDHB) infant, child, adolescent and family mental health service (ICAFS) and a follow-up appointment, the report found. …

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Waikato Hospital on notice to improve intern training

Other News25 September 2017

Waikato Hospital has been put on notice over the training of young doctors. A review of the hospital’s prevocational medical training by the Medical Council of New Zealand found the health board did not meet four of 22 sets of standards. The council’s final report is expected late September but the hospital has already taken steps to remedy the shortcomings. Read the article here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/97112760/waikato-hospital-on-notice-to-improve-intern-training

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Overseas-trained doctors complain to Human Rights Commission over lack of jobs

Other News22 September 2017

A group of overseas-trained doctors are consulting a lawyer as they are unable to get jobs in New Zealand, with many working in fast food outlets or driving taxis. A complaint has also been made to the Human Rights Commission. The group of about 60 foreign trained doctors, many of them New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, say it is unfair that they are being passed over for jobs in favour of New Zealand medical graduates. But health experts say …

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Grant won’t resign over cancer crisis

Other News22 September 2017

Southern District Health Board commissioner Kathy Grant says she is running a “billion-dollar business” and  won’t  step down over the prostate cancer crisis. Affected cancer patient Paul Schofield called for Mrs Grant and chief executive Chris Fleming to be removed from their roles this week. It followed chief medical officer Nigel Millar’s admission he feared the life expectancy of some patients might have been shortened by delays treating prostate cancer. Yesterday,  Health Minister Jonathan Coleman expressed confidence in Mrs Grant, …

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