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.

Ministry ignored advice to boost measles immunisation of teens, young adults

Other News16 July 2019

As measles cases continue to skyrocket in New Zealand, documents show the Ministry of Health failed to act on expert advice to prevent outbreaks. A surveillance report from ESR confirmed 311 cases this year with 41 per cent, or 128, requiring hospitalisation due to complications. Immunisation Advisory Centre director and National Verification Committee (NVC) chair Dr Nikki Turner said measles outbreaks in Auckland, Wellington and Taranaki could threaten New Zealand’s official elimination status. In October 2017 the Ministry announced New Zealand had won international praise for officially eliminating …

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Age limit on cancer tests harms Maori

Other News16 July 2019

Changes to remove inequities in the national bowel cancer screening programme which discriminate against Maori could and should be removed immediately, a senior health researcher says. The programme is being introduced progressively around New Zealand, and provides free bowel cancer screening for 60-74-year-olds. It started in the southern region last year, and most recent statistics show a 71% participation rate, well ahead of the national target of 60%. However, the age range of the programme discriminates against Maori, Sue Crengle, …

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UK medical cannabis expert wants Kiwi doctors upskilled

Other News16 July 2019

The UK neurologist who will advise NZ doctors on prescribing medicinal cannabis, professor Mike Barnes is calling on the profession here to get itself ready to prescribe the drug.  Endorsed by the Royal NZ College of GPs, he will give talks around the country later this month. He is recognised as the leading European expert on medicinal cannabis. In 2016 Professor Barnes was tasked with writing a report for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform on the …

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Former Fraser Health CEO won’t be charged with criminal fraud

Other News12 July 2019

Former Fraser Health CEO Dr. Nigel Murray won’t have to face criminal fraud charges in New Zealand over his expenses after all. A year-long investigation by that country’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) fizzled out this week when it was announced by SFO director Julie Read that it would be too costly to prove criminal charges beyond a reasonable doubt and was therefore not in the public interest. Read mentioned that investigators would have to, among other things, travel …

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Inaction on alcohol a ‘glaring exception’ from mental health recommendations – expert

Other News12 July 2019

Alcohol experts are angered by what they’re calling Government inaction on curbing excessive drinking, even after it was recommended by the mental health and addiction inquiry. The report on New Zealand’s mental health care recommended a number of sweeping changes, including on the sale and supply of alcohol. The Government accepted most of the reviews 40 reccomendations, but said “further consideration needed” for the suggestions relating to alcohol sale and the decriminalisation of drugs. Read more here: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/07/inaction-on-alcohol-a-glaring-exception-from-mental-health-recommendations-expert.html

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