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.

Canterbury DHB refuses to back down in funding dispute with ministry

Other News1 May 2017

False beliefs about Canterbury’s population are jeopardising the region’s health system, the health board boss says. Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) chief executive David Meates’s comment was made in an email to Ministry of Health director general Chai Chuah in December last year and obtained by Stuff under the Official Information Act. Population data including age, ethnicity and deprivation levels underpin the amount of money  DHBs receive. Chuah wrote to the CDHB on November 24 and said population data used for a presentation on mental health funding had not …

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Health passes its annual check up

Other News28 April 2017

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the annual Health and Independence report that shows that overall, the health and disability system performs well for most New Zealanders. “Our aim is that New Zealanders live longer, healthier, and more independent lives, and this report shows the progress that has been made,” says Dr Coleman. “Life expectancy, health expectancy, and immunisation rates are outcome measures and all show improvements in this report. “The report outlines a greater focus on primary prevention and …

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Roles dumped in SDHB proposal

Other News28 April 2017

The roles of chief operating officer (COO) and deputy chief executive will be dumped in a sweeping management restructure proposal unveiled at the Southern District Health Board. Long-serving senior manager Lexie O’Shea is both COO and deputy chief executive. In the formal document released yesterday, chief executive Chris Fleming said a new director of specialist services would replace the COO role. The proposed restructuring would not slim the executive leadership team. Its number would increase by one to 13 (including …

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Waikato DHB must balance orthopaedic training or face losing second accreditation

Other News28 April 2017

Waikato District Health Board has been put on notice over the training of junior doctors in orthopaedics because of a serious imbalance in the types of surgeries they are learning. The DHB has 15 months to correct the situation, where registrars are not performing enough elective surgeries to meet training requirements, or face losing accreditation in orthopaedics. Accreditation has already been lost in another service, obstetrics and gynaecology in November 2015, but a cancelled accreditation in orthopaedics would plunge the …

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Barbaric treatment of children needs to cease

Other News27 April 2017

27 April 2017  Barbaric treatment of children needs to cease The ‘secure care’ that children are experiencing whilst in Oranga Tamariki custody is barbaric and must stop immediately, the Green Party said today. The widespread use of seclusion and restraint practices on children, mentally ill people, and other adults across New Zealand’s detention facilities is highlighted in a United Nations-funded report released today, ordered by the Human Rights Commission. Over the six months that the report looked into, 20 …

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