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.

Overseas-trained doctors complain to Human Rights Commission over lack of jobs

Other News22 September 2017

A group of overseas-trained doctors are consulting a lawyer as they are unable to get jobs in New Zealand, with many working in fast food outlets or driving taxis. A complaint has also been made to the Human Rights Commission. The group of about 60 foreign trained doctors, many of them New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, say it is unfair that they are being passed over for jobs in favour of New Zealand medical graduates. But health experts say …

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Grant won’t resign over cancer crisis

Other News22 September 2017

Southern District Health Board commissioner Kathy Grant says she is running a “billion-dollar business” and  won’t  step down over the prostate cancer crisis. Affected cancer patient Paul Schofield called for Mrs Grant and chief executive Chris Fleming to be removed from their roles this week. It followed chief medical officer Nigel Millar’s admission he feared the life expectancy of some patients might have been shortened by delays treating prostate cancer. Yesterday,  Health Minister Jonathan Coleman expressed confidence in Mrs Grant, …

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Ashburton shooting contributes to $7m increase in Waikato DHB office refurbishment

Other News21 September 2017

Significant security upgrades to avoid another Ashburton-type shooting have contributed to costs doubling for a district health board office block renovation. The $7.7 million refurbishment of Hamilton’s KPMG building by the cash-strapped Waikato DHB has blown out to $14.7m in one year, documents released to the Herald under the Official Information Act confirm. One reason for the $7m increase was a significant security upgrade after the Ministry of Social Development was convicted in December of having an unsafe Work and Income in …

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WMA calls for more signatories to nuclear weapons treaty

Other News21 September 2017

A plea to all nuclear armed and nuclear dependent states to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has come from the World Medical Association. The Treaty, which prohibits the development, testing, production, possession, stockpiling, use, or threatened use of nuclear weapons was signed in July by 122 non-nuclear weapon states. Now the WMA, along with other organisations, is pressing all those states that have nuclear weapons or rely on the nuclear weapons possessed by others to also …

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