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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.

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ASMS News7 August 2020

The 32nd ASMS Annual Conference will be held on 26-27 November at Te Papa in Wellington. This year’s theme is ‘Building the workforce pipeline, stopping the drain.’ We already have confirmed speakers from the Simpson Review, and on the critical developing equity kaupapa discussion.

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DHB Chief Executive put in untenable position

ASMS News4 August 2020

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says Canterbury DHB Chief Executive David Meates was put in an untenable position and the people of Canterbury should be angry and upset over his resignation. Mr Meates’ resignation from both the Canterbury and West Coast DHBs was announced at an emergency Canterbury Board meeting today. Two other members of his executive leadership team have recently resigned and ASMS understands others could follow. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says David Meates has been a …

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Commentary on the Health and Disability System Review

ASMS News3 August 2020

The Simpson Health and Disability System Review recommends the most wide-ranging reform of the health system in 20 years. ASMS has gone through the 274-page report and put together a summary which includes analysis and commentary of the main proposals. 

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Sticking plaster approach to Family Planning

ASMS News28 July 2020

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says a one-off funding boost for Family Planning is a step in the right direction but there needs to be commitment to proper long-term funding and pay parity for senior doctors across the health sector. The Government has announced $427,000 in support to Family Planning to help reduce waiting times for patients. Family Planning has not had a funding increase in over ten years.  Last week it apologised to patients saying it was struggling …

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Cash-starved Family Planning should not have to apologise to patients

ASMS News24 July 2020

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says it is shameful that Family Planning has been pushed to a point where it is having to publicly apologise to patients. Family Planning says it cannot meet demand and patients are facing long waits for appointments.  It says despite population growth, escalating costs and increasing need for services, it has faced 12 years with no funding increase from Government.  Read story – Family planning clinics across the country unable to keep up …

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