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.

All newborns deserve access to safe sleeping devices

Other News22 June 2017

The Government needs to ensure that all new babies have access to a wahakura safe sleeping device, the Green Party said today. The Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC) special report on sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) shows that there is much more that can be done to prevent babies dying in New Zealand. “Every single baby in Aotearoa needs access to a wahakura safe sleeping device,” said Green Party health spokesperson Julie Anne Genter. “The National Government …

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Supporting world class health research in NZ

Other News22 June 2017

Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman and Minister of Science and Innovation Paul Goldsmith today launched New Zealand’s first Health Research Strategy which aims to increase the excellence and impact of government investment in health research. “Investment in health research is crucial to delivering better health outcomes for New Zealanders,” says Dr Coleman. “The Health Research Strategy sets a vision of creating a world-leading health research and innovation system by 2027. The strategy brings together science, health, research and innovation to …

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State Services Commissioner defends embattled health official against ‘inappropriate’ attacks

Other News22 June 2017

The head of the public service has delivered a strong rebuke to the Labour Party and certain DHBs over “inappropriate and unfair” public campaigns against the Director General of Health. State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has stepped in to request that if Labour have any issues with Director General of Health Chai Chuah, they should raise them with him first. It’s an unprecedented move, and comes in response to repeated calls for Chuah’s resignation following a DHB budget blunder that saw $38m of …

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Medical students prevented from finishing

Other News22 June 2017

A recent study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal found that medical student debt is astonishingly high (1). Compounding this problem the lifetime limit on the student loans means some medical students will be unable to finish their degrees. Postgraduate students are only able to claim 8 years of student loan (or “8 EFTS”) in total, and NZMSA is aware of over 50 students who will exceed this limit. Of those, just under 30 will run out before their …

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Growing anger from DHBs towards MOH leadership

Other News21 June 2017

District health boards considered a vote of no confidence in senior leadership at the Ministry of health over a $38 million blunder in the sector’s funding, reports Radio New Zealand: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/333452/dhbs-considered-vote-of-no-confidence-over-funding-blunder The deteriorating relationship was covered further in Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint programme last night: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201848222/dhb-heads-considered-no-confidence-vote-in-director-general and in Morning Report today: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201848267/moh-and-dhb-relationship-worse-it-s-been-in-years and in this interview with Labour health spokesperson David Clark: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201848276/misallocation-of-dhb-funds-triggers-urgent-debate-in-parliament. Nine to Noon interviewed Jo Kane, an elected member of the Canterbury DHB …

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