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.

Health Minister at the crossroads: which way to improve the public health system?

ASMS News18 July 2018

“The Minister of Health needs to avoid the easy but wrong-headed option of structural change in his review of New Zealand’s public health and disability sectors,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “If David Clark wants to be effective in transforming our public health service, he needs to improve the ways communities and their hospitals work together, empower the health workforce further through comprehensive clinical leadership, address the crisis of hospital specialist shortages, …

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Nurses back at bargaining table, but will DHBs offer more money?

Other News17 July 2018

It will be a case of who blinks first, as the mexican standoff between nurses and the District Health Boards (DHBs) over pay and conditions resumes. New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO) members want more financial investment, but their DHB employers and the government have publicly claimed no more money was available to bolster its current offer. Nevertheless, both parties are back at taking their seats around the negotiating table today – less than a week after nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives across …

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Auckland, Northland hospital computer systems within minutes of failing – report

Other News17 July 2018

Computer systems serving Auckland and Northland’s public hospitals were within four minutes of failing, according to an internal health board report. This followed a power cut at Middlemore Hospital just after lunch on an unspecified date in September last year, said a hospital advisory committee report of March 2018 released under the Official Information Act to RNZ. “Power went out … causing the hospital to go dark. Backup generators subsequently failed to come online.” The hospital’s back-up battery system, called an …

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ACC advisors go on strike

Other News17 July 2018

Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) medical advisors are taking strike action for four hours today from 8am over their stalled employment agreement negotiations. Lloyd Woods, a senior industrial officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), which represents most of the medical advisors employed by ACC, said the 39 medical advisors poised to walk off the job have “had a gutsful of their employer’s cavalier approach to their pay, conditions and well-being.” “It’s only the second time ever that we …

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NHS operation waiting lists reach 10-year high at 4.3m patients

Other News17 July 2018

The number of patients waiting for an operation on the NHS has reached 4.3 million, the highest total for 10 years, official figures show. Growing numbers are having to wait more than the supposed maximum of 18 weeks for planned non-urgent surgery such as a cataract removal or hip or knee replacement. In May, for example, 211,434 patients had been on the waiting list for more than six months, up from the 197,067 who were in that position …

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