We are the union for salaried doctors and dentists.

We promote, protect and support the interests of our members in all aspects of their working lives. We are working for an equitable, accessible public health care system that meets the needs of all New Zealanders.

Stopwork meetings

News26 July 2021

We are asking all members to attend stopwork meetings following very little progress in the ASMS-DHB MECA negotiations. We have had ten days of talks and the negotiations have stalled, with no acceptable offer on the table. The stopworks are an important opportunity for members to hear more details about the negotiations and feedback to the negotiating team. Stopwork meetings will be held in each DHB between August 2-14. In some larger DHBs there will be more than one meeting …

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Senior doctors to hold stopwork meetings

News14 July 2021

Senior hospital doctors and dentists who are members of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists will hold a series of stopwork meetings next month to discuss their stalled employment contract negotiations. Stopworks will be held at every DHB starting on August 2. ASMS has been in talks with DHBs since February to negotiate a new multi-employer collective agreement or MECA, but the DHBs have failed to put an acceptable offer on the table. “We are asking for a very modest …

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Patience running thin on mental health upgrades

News8 July 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says patients and staff will be disappointed that an inquiry into progress on planned new mental health facilities has been knocked off the political agenda. Government MPs on Parliament’s health select committee have blocked a National Party proposal for an inquiry into the delay in providing 15 new mental health inpatient facilities which would aim to accelerate progress and assess design standards. In its recent report, What Price Mental Health?

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Your new branch officers

News5 July 2021

Find out who your new ASMS branch officers are. We have new ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice-Presidents in many DHBs following elections earlier this year. Their three-year terms began on 1 July. Branch officers are key representatives in your workplace. They promote and organise local ASMS activities and can help raise general or local issues and concerns. See the list below if you want to know who to contact.

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Hot off the press!

News28 June 2021

The June Specialist is out now. Read all about the health reforms and what members’ views are. Find out what the Budget delivered for health, how members reacted to the Government’s ‘pay freeze’ and ride the e-bike wave. We also welcomed our new National Executive and you can see us out supporting our nursing colleagues in their fight for fair pay.  

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