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.

Nurses a vital part of public health system; health bosses need to step up

ASMS News18 June 2018

“It’s up to health bosses now to put aside their point-scoring and knuckle down to the task of reaching an agreement with nurses to avoid national strikes,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on an announcement by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation that the latest DHB MECA offer has been strongly rejected by nurses and that the union is seeking urgent mediation to resolve the issues so two 24-hour national …

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In health care, less is not always more

Other News14 June 2018

How much you spend on medical care depends on what you get, but also where you get it. Confoundingly to many, the cost of the same procedure on the same patient by the same physician can vary by thousands of dollars depending on whether it’s performed in a hospital, a hospital’s outpatient department, an ambulatory surgical center or a doctor’s office. It can also vary by who’s paying the bill — which insurer or public program. And even for the …

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Medical Council Advisory – consultation on its statement Safe practice in an environment of resource limitation

Other News14 June 2018

The Medical Council is consulting on its statement Safe practice in an environment of resource limitation (Resource limitation) and would value your feedback. Attached are: The consultation paper explaining our proposed changes to the statement and a list of questions we are seeking input on; Appendix 1 – Draft revised statement on Resource limitation; Appendix 2 – Existing August 2008 statement on Resource limitation. The consultation closes on Friday, 27 July 2018. Please email your feedback to …

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Growing support for cigarette-style warnings on fizzy drinks

Other News11 June 2018

A proposal to put “cigarette-style” warnings on sugary drinks in a bid to combat obesity, type 2 diabetes and poor dental health is gaining support from around New Zealand. The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is pushing for graphic images of rotten teeth to be put on fizzy drink packaging. But the Beverage Council says the proposal is ridiculous and “alarmist”. NZDA spokesman Dr Rob Beaglehole said dentists supported the measure because they were confronted daily with the unnecessary pain …

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Unions criticise Taranaki DHB for ‘shambolic’ process over Taranaki lab

Other News11 June 2018

Plans for Taranaki’s new medical laboratory are up in the air and two unions have slated the health board’s handling of the situation as “shambolic” and “foolish.” On Friday the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) confirmed they were revisiting their plans for the new, purpose-built lab run by a single, private provider after a change in government policy. Medical laboratory workers’ union APEX’s national secretary Dr Deborah Powell said the DHB’s attempt to set up the new lab had been a mess from the beginning. “It comes after …

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