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.

Guyon Espiner investigates Pharmac: The secret list

Other News24 May 2019

Desperate patients are being left in the dark as to when Pharmac will fund medicines. Guyon Espiner asks why the drug-buying agency operates with such secrecy. This is the second story in a four-part investigation into how Pharmac works and whether its model is costing lives. The third story will be online on Monday. The first story is here: The NZ Buyer’s Club. Three weeks after their son Otis was born, Emma and Eddie Porter found out he was likely …

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More than $20 million spent extracting rotten teeth, fresh petition to tax sugary drinks

Other News24 May 2019

“I’ve finished pulling teeth today, my right hand’s actually sore I pulled out so many.” Those are the harrowing words of New Zealand dentist Dr Rob Beaglehole who is urging the Government to take action and tax sugary drinks. The problem is so extreme more than $20 million is spent each year anaesthetising Kiwi children so they can undergo tooth removals as a consequence of consuming sugary drinks. And today, a petition has been launched in an effort to convince …

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Guyon Espiner investigates Pharmac: The NZ Buyer’s Club

Other News23 May 2019

Guyon Espiner reveals how lung cancer patients are buying cut-price drugs from India, as other New Zealanders fundraise, petition and apply for clinical trials to access medications Pharmac won’t fund. This is the first story in a four-part investigation into how Pharmac works and whether its model is costing lives. The second story will be online tomorrow. Baden Ngan Kee edges down the stairs using a black cane topped with a jaguar’s head fashioned from silver. He opens the office …

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Euthanasia bill ‘goes against the ethics of our profession’ – Medical Association chair says

Other News23 May 2019

Newly proposed amendments to the End of Life Choice Bill, which is set to have its second reading in Parliament, have been strongly rejected by the New Zealand Medical Association, with its chair saying it “goes against the ethics of our profession”. Dr Kate Baddock told TVNZ1’s Breakfast this morning under the new bill doctors would still be the ones administering the injection for those choosing to end their life through voluntary euthanasia. “Doctors are still the ones that would …

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Auckland DHB tracking $13 million over budget as end of financial year looms

Other News23 May 2019

Winter pressures, staff shortages and ongoing strike action have led to a $13 million overspend at Auckland District Health Board. The DHB’s 2018/19 approved financial plan was for a break-even budget, but so far it was already tracking $13m “unfavourable”, the agenda for May’s board meeting, held on Wednesday, showed. The cost of new collective agreements were a major strain on the DHB’s budget this year. Read more here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/112913323/auckland-dhb-tracking-13-million-over-budget-as-end-of-financial-year-looms

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