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.

NZ health care has a climate change problem

Other News17 June 2019

The health care sector may be as bad as the aviation industry when it comes to greenhouse gases and pollution. The anaesthetic gases released every year by one New Zealand hospital have the carbon footprint of 500 return flights between New Zealand and London, University of Auckland researchers have estimated. One hour’s use of a commonly administered anaesthetic, desflurane, has the carbon footprint equivalent of driving a car about 370 kilometres, it was estimated in The Lancet. More than 95 …

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‘Institutional racism’ is blocking Pacific and Māori access to health care, doctor says

Other News17 June 2019

A doctor believes “institutional racism” in the health system is leading to worse outcomes for Pacific Island patients. Invercargill-based general surgeon Dr George Ngaei​ said Pasifika people weren’t getting the same access to treatment once bowel cancer gets past the first stage of basic treatment. Ngaei, an advocate for Pasifika health, is the chairman of the Pacific Advisory and Cultural Trust, which is a community health service. The state of Māori health, described as a humanitarian crisis by one expert, is already under investigation by the Waitangi Tribunal. Ngaei believes …

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Thousands of prisoners’ mental health and addiction needs addressed with $128m from $1.9b Budget funding

Other News17 June 2019

An extra 2300 prisoners will have access to mental health treatment and 200 more will have alcohol and drug treatment as a result of funding in Budget 2019. The $128.3 million boost for offenders in prison and in the community is part of the $1.9 billion package for mental health and drug addiction services that was the centrepiece of last month’s Wellbeing Budget. Properly treating mental health and drug addiction conditions is considered a major factor in reducing reoffending; 61 …

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Crown monitor appointed to help manage Canterbury DHB deficit

Other News17 June 2019

Service cuts should be expected after the appointment of a Crown monitor to the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), a board member warns. Dr Lester Levy, a former chairman of Waitemata, Auckland, and Counties Manukau DHBs, will start in the role immediately to help the CDHB climb out of a forecast $103.4 million deficit – the largest of any DHB in the country. Health Minister David Clark met with the board in Christchurch on Thursday to deliver the news. Read more here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/113490108/crown-monitor-appointed-to-help-manage-canterbury-dhb-deficit

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‘They look for a scapegoat’: a surgeon’s battle to clear his name

Other News17 June 2019

When a patient died after a delay in treatment, surgeon David Sellu was jailed for 15 months. Now, with his conviction quashed, he reveals how he found himself in the line of fire. It was a winter evening at a hospital just outside London and colorectal surgeon David Sellu’s clinic was busy. But when a fellow doctor, an orthopaedic surgeon, asked him if he would see one of his patients, Sellu didn’t hesitate to say yes. Which is how, an …

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