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.

A new study should be the final nail for open-plan offices

Other News19 July 2018

Open-plan offices have taken off because of a desire to increase interaction and collaboration among workers. But an innovative new study has found that employees in open-plan offices spend 73 per cent less time in face-to-face interactions. Email and messaging use shot up by over 67 per cent. The study is the first to track the impacts of open-plan offices using objective measures of communication. It used electronic badges and microphones to monitor interactions among employees and tracked changes in email use. …

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Long wait times sign of deeper problems with health resourcing

ASMS News19 July 2018

“The long wait for important diagnostic scans at one of the country’s largest district health boards is yet another sign of unmet patient need catching public hospitals on the hop,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that patients were waiting longer than six weeks for CT and MRI scans at Waitemata DHB, with experts saying it could have a negative effect on their health (https://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=12090633). “This will …

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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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