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 Chief Executive for the Medical Council of New Zealand

Other News15 December 2017

The Medical Council of New Zealand has appointed Mrs Joan Simeon as the Chief Executive of the Medical Council of New Zealand.  Joan has an extensive experience with Council, having held Registration and Strategic roles.  In being appointed as the Chief Executive, Joan will lead the organisation in further developing the key strategic directions and in performing important day to day functions necessary to maintain public health and safety. Joan has extensive knowledge of the role and functions of Council …

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Public hospital nurses open to strike action after national pay deal rejected

Other News15 December 2017

Public hospital nurses have rejected a pay offer with an annual 2 per cent salary increase and will consider striking if mediation fails. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), which represents 27,000 nurses, has been negotiating a multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) with district health boards (DHBs) since June. The offer for the period from November 2017 to July 2020 included the annual 2 per cent salary and wage increase and a one-off $350 payment to all union members. Senior nurses were offered a 4 per cent …

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Cancer patients in New Zealand waiting months for treatment as hospitals struggle to cope

Other News13 December 2017

Cancer patients around the country are waiting months to receive their first bout of potentially life-saving treatment as hospitals struggle to keep up with demand. One worried man, whose mum has just been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, says the diagnosis and wait for treatment will put a damper on what will likely be the family’s last Christmas with her. An oncologist told the Herald more people being diagnosed with cancer and greater treatment options were putting a strain on the …

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Waikato Hospital’s radiology department in ‘crisis’, union boss says

Other News12 December 2017

The day-to-day functioning of Waikato Hospital is threatened by a staff shortage in its radiology department. Dr Deborah Powell, national secretary of the Association of Professional and Executive Employees (Apex), said staff morale within the department is “rock bottom” due to chronic workload pressures. Powell said an estimated 90 per cent of patients treated at Waikato Hospital use the services of the radiology department, whether it be an X-ray, CT scan or an MRI scan. In November, hospital managers flagged serious concerns over the service, saying prolonged …

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Waikato DHB’s drinking water accreditation suspended

Other News12 December 2017

Waikato DHB has had its status as the region’s water watchdog suspended. And although health bosses say the suspension doesn’t put the public’s health in danger, it could be a year before the health board gets on top of the situation. International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) announced on Monday it had suspended the DHB’s drinking water accreditation following a site visit and review in May. IANZ cited concerns over a chronic shortage of drinking water assessors at the DHB and a “significant backlog …

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