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.

Half of emergency doctors report bullying by colleagues

Other News17 August 2017

Nearly half of all emergency doctors and trainees report being bullied, discriminated against or sexually harassed by their colleagues while on the job, a survey has found. Listen to the discussion on Morning Report here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201855068/half-of-emergency-doctors-report-bullying-by-colleagues Read the Discrimination, Bullying and Sexual Harassment survey report from Australasian College for Emergency Medicine here: https://acem.org.au/getmedia/9919fd9a-d276-4e6b-9338-faec48b23e70/ACEM_DBSH_Action_Plan_Consultation_Paper-(002).pdf.aspx

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SCDHB commits to rebuilding Timaru Hospital facility

Other News17 August 2017

A longer-term rebuild to “future-proof” Timaru Hospital has been agreed on by the South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB), which has shelved a planned multi-million dollar front of house redevelopment. However Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said the rebuild plan would have to be signed off by the Cabinet. SCDHB chief executive Nigel Trainor said it had been looking at reconfiguring the emergency department, medical investigation unit, outpatient department, and medical day stay and cafe areas. However with the project running over the $10 million …

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More than one-third of emergency doctors face work bullying, harassment, survey reveals

Other News17 August 2017

Doctors in emergency departments are enduring personal attacks, verbal aggression and being belittled by other physicians, according to a new national survey. Members of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine were asked about their experiences at work, and more than one-third said they had experienced bullying. More than 2,100 emergency physicians took part in the survey. President of the college Professor Tony Lawler said he felt “sickened” when he read the results. Examples included physicians feeling humiliated when they were …

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Result of the ASMS-DHB MECA ballot

ASMS News16 August 2017

ASMS Chief Executive Ian Powell sent the following National Direct to ASMS members today, 16 August 2017. I am pleased to advise that members have overwhelmingly voted in favour of ratifying the proposed ASMS-DHB MECA, as recommended by your National Executive. Electionz.com managed the ballot for ASMS, and voting by DHB-employed members closed at noon on Friday 11 August. Members were asked: ‘Do you support the National Executive’s recommendation to settle the MECA?’ A total of 2009 members (representing 91.74% …

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Association calls on Government for national approach to avert looming crisis in orthopaedic surgery

Other News16 August 2017

The New Zealand Orthopaedic Association is calling for a national taskforce on future orthopaedic surgery, to avert a looming crisis. President Richard Keddell says the orthopaedic workforce and surgical facilities will not be able to cope with the forecast demand for orthopaedic surgery. “This means New Zealanders needing joint replacements and other orthopaedic surgery will have to live in pain because they can’t get the surgery they need.” Mr Keddell says the current approach to planning for future demand for …

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