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.

Urology super-clinic ‘a turning point’

Other News20 November 2017

The head of urology at Dunedin Hospital says it took time for his bosses to admit there was a problem but he is confident they will not ignore a similar situation in future. Speaking yesterday during a break in a special super-clinic, urology clinical leader Dr Al Hepburn said he was grateful to patients and staff for making it happen. “I was thanking [patients] for taking their weekend off and they were throwing it straight back.” The patients expressed gratitude, …

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More than $150,0000 spent on mysterious ‘Election 2017 project’ by drug lobby group

Other News20 November 2017

A ‘big pharma’ lobby group has sunk more than $150,000 into a mysterious scheme called “Election 2017 Project”. Financial statements for the pharmaceutical lobby group Medicines NZ show it spent $151,106 on the project, the firm’s second largest expense of 2016. The group has refused to reveal what the cash was spent on, and there are no references to a project of that name on the Medicines NZ website. Reads the article here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/98709991/more-than-1500000-spent-on-mysterious-election-2017-project-by-drug-lobby-group

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Former PM Helen Clark asks if dental care should be a basic right

Other News20 November 2017

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is making a plea to the Government to consider universal free dental care. This morning Clark praised the Revive a Smile dental charity for bringing a free mobile dental clinic to West Auckland. The charity aims to bring oral healthcare to low-income people in high-risk communities. In a series of tweets, Clark said she was “very concerned” about people who cannot afford regular check-ups and end up with serious dental problems. She added …

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Wearing halo of health seemingly incompatible

Other News20 November 2017

A University of Otago professor has suggested McDonald’s played some sort of covert role in stoking the recent outrage in the Ronald McDonald House row, an accusation it rejects. Health reporter  Eileen Goodwin looks at the controversy. Public health advocates are used to their ideals colliding with the pragmatism of the public. Charged with protecting the health of the population, their job does not make them popular. But they felt stung and surprised by the vociferous response to their well-meaning …

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Clinics to help 600 this weekend

Other News20 November 2017

More than 600 patients were expected to urology super-clinics at Dunedin Hospital yesterday. It is the first of two such super-clinic weekends to deal with the waiting list crisis in the service. Twelve urologists were present, nine from other parts of the country who have offered to help. They were scheduled to see 367 outpatients (assessments and follow-up checks), as well as perform at least 178 cystoscopies, 63 biopsies and 19 surgeries. The actual number of cystoscopies, biopsies, and surgeries …

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