ASMS

We are the union for salaried doctors and dentists.

We promote, protect and support the interests of our members in all aspects of their working lives. We are working for an equitable, accessible public health care system that meets the needs of all New Zealanders.

‘Fix-it’ notice needed on critical health system understaffing

News18 June 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says an urgent ‘fix-it’ notice needs to be issued to address an understaffing crisis across the health system. According to Radio New Zealand, Worksafe has issued Wellington Free Ambulance with a ‘fix-it’ notice over worker fatigue. Ambulance staff themselves blame the situation on a massive shortfall in staffing. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says staffing shortfalls are the new normal in health, leading to high levels of burnout, people leaving and …

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Senior doctors throw their support behind striking nurses

News9 June 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora is fully supporting striking nurses in their fight for fair pay and safe staffing. 30,000 members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation are walking off the job for eight hours today after turning down the latest pay offer from the DHBs. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says no one knows better than doctors how valuable nurses are and the dedicated care they give to patients around the country. “There is a …

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Nurses’ strike

ASMS News4 June 2021

We know that the nurses’ strike is going to pose real challenges to staff and patients AND we fully support their cause for decent pay and conditions. We’ve put together some initial guidance for you on issues which arose during the last nurses’ strike in 2018 that may come up this time.

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Great line-up for the Creating Solutions virtual conference

ASMS News25 May 2021

Registrations are now open for the Creating Solutions – Towards better health equity for all conference. The virtual conference is on 2-3 July and is being co-hosted by ASMS and the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust. We have put together an exciting programme of national and international speakers and health sector leaders. The conference will be opened by the Health Minister Andrew Little with a keynote address by the established British health equity researcher Sir Michael Marmot.  All those attending will be …

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CTU Budget 2021 Analysis

News24 May 2021

Every year the Council of Trade Unions carries out a detailed analysis of the Budget across all sectors. ASMS’ Research and Policy Team contributes to the analysis on health spending. The report crunches the numbers and looks at what has been promised and whether there is sufficient funding to cover rising costs, including wages, population growth and demographic change. The health section is on p18 of the report which you can read here

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