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.

NZMA supports pro-vaccination stand

Other News26 May 2017

The New Zealand Medical Association supports Dr Lance O’Sullivan’s stand against the misinformation being peddled by anti-vaccination agitators, and deplores the personal attacks made against him and his family. “Evidence-based medicine is at the heart of what we, as doctors, do,” says NZMA Chair Dr Kate Baddock. “A key principle in our Code of Ethics is that—as a profession—we adhere to the scientific basis for medical practice. “Children are the most vulnerable members of our society. It is our responsibility …

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NZMSA Supports Dr. Lance O’Sullivan: Vaccines Save Lives

Other News26 May 2017

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) supports Dr. Lance O’Sullivan’s comments that promotion of falsehoods about vaccination results in harm to our children, the most vulnerable members of society. Healthcare providers, such as Dr. O’Sullivan, spend their lives working towards improving and maintaining the wellbeing of New Zealanders. The continued spreading of misinformation surrounding vaccination threatens to damage the work they do to protect New Zealanders against vaccine-preventable diseases. Since the advent of vaccination, millions of deaths have been …

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NZ joins global response to antimicrobial resistance

Other News26 May 2017

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David Bennett welcome the announcement of New Zealand’s action plan for tackling the growing issue of antimicrobial resistance. “Antimicrobial resistance is a global issue that requires a global response. New Zealand has joined other countries in announcing its action plan at the World Health Assembly in Geneva,” says Dr Coleman. “Like other countries, New Zealand has seen a rise in antibiotic resistant infections so it’s important that we have this action plan. …

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Health funding falls short of what is needed – again

ASMS News25 May 2017

“The Government’s decision today not to fund public health care to the level needed is a serious blow for New Zealand’s communities,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). A preliminary analysis shows there is a total operational funding shortfall of approximately $300 million.  The budget for district health boards (including money for new initiatives) is $12.683 billion. There is a funding shortfall of approximately $163 million in order to tread water. “This was …

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Reaction – Budget 2017

Other News25 May 2017

CTU report on Budget 2017 Health is $305 million short of what is needed, including DHBs being $163 million short and Mental health funding is over $40 million short of the increase required by the rapid increase in need. Read the CTU report on Budget 2017 here: CTU-Report-on-Budget-2017 No relief for nurses or DHBs in Budget 2017 – $2b more needed Budget 2017 does not bring relief to pressured nurses. It fails to increase operational funding to a level that would mean …

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