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.

New govt to face health sector’s ‘intense dissatisfaction’

Other News20 October 2017

Health was a big issue during the election campaign. RNZ health correspondent Karen Brown says with DHBs under pressure and “intense dissatisfaction” in the health sector, Labour’s David Clark will have to learn a lot, very quickly. Listen to Morning Report here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018618636/new-govt-to-face-health-sector-s-intense-dissatisfaction

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How fake costs fuel DHB deficits

Other News19 October 2017

A DHB finds itself in the curious position of seeking staff redundancies so it can save enough money to hire more staff because its accounts are in deficit, reports the National Business Review. The article on the NBR website is subscription-only but readers can access it by taking up NBR’s offer of 30-days free access.  If you go to https://www.nbr.co.nz/search/site/DHB and click on the heading ‘How fake costs fuel DHB deficits’, you will be taken to a separate page …

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MidCentral to address doctor shortage in Horowhenua

Other News19 October 2017

There is an urgent need to address the shortage of doctors in Horowhenua, a committee has heard. Alarm bells have been ringing around the Horowhenua Health Centre inpatient ward for months, amid a review and difficulties in recruiting staff. The 20-bed Star 4 ward provides specialist treatment, rehabilitation, palliative care and medical services to people aged 65 and over. A shortage of medical staff, limited support for elderly people and challenges in accessing healthcare, were some of the problems in …

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Waikato Hospital pays $1.4m to overhaul surgery and curb $25m spent outsourcing

Other News19 October 2017

The death of a baby and lobbying by doctors have led to a $1.4 million project at Waikato Hospital to overhaul its surgical services and reduce the $25m worth of planned surgeries outsourced each year. In September the Herald revealed a baby died during delivery at Waikato Hospital last year after the mother was bumped from her elective caesarean because an emergency C-section took priority. And earlier this year Waikato District Health Board was put on notice over the training of junior …

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Virus closes hospital wards and leads to warning ahead of annual show weekend

Other News18 October 2017

A nasty virus has led to the closure of some hospital wards and prompted Hawke’s Bay medical staff to warn show-goers to be vigilant about washing their hands. The highly contagious Norovirus was circulating in the region. Seven patients have suspected norovirus and about 30 hospital staff have symptons. Some hospital wards had been closed to new admissions and in other areas visitors would be permitted ony in exceptional circumstances. Chief Medical and Dental Officer John Gommans said visitors should stay away …

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