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, DHBs must plan better for impacts of technology, says HDC

Other News14 August 2018

Health and disability commissioner Anthony Hill is calling for better planning by the Ministry of Health and DHBs for implementing new technologies after a patient fell through the cracks and missed follow-up ophthalmology treatment. Mr Hill has criticised Counties Manukau DHB for failing to follow up the case of a young girl with a progressive eye condition for two years and nine months. He considered the overall system in place for management of delayed follow-up appointments was not adequate and …

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HDC orders Southern DHB to provide audit of its new electronic medical records system

Other News14 August 2018

The Health and Disability Commissioner has ordered the Southern District Health Board to provide him with its most recent audit of its new electronic medical records system. The demand comes after a failure in its old system meant no follow-up action was taken for nine months after a woman was diagnosed with a tumour. The 45-year-old woman had an MRI performed in May 2015 after sustaining hearing loss in her right ear. The scan detected a tumour, but the results …

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Keep ED for emergencies: Record numbers at Auckland hospitals

Other News14 August 2018

Auckland City Hospital’s emergency department is currently seeing record numbers of patients, with more than 1400 patients last week alone. The high numbers of patients have led the Auckland District Health Board to ask for the public’s help to keep the emergency department for emergencies only. Last week’s record is up several hundred compared to the same time in 2016, where 1290 patients were seen. Although the hospital plans for higher capacity levels at this time of year, adult demand …

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Select committee urged to stop the spread of ISDS under CPTPP

Other News14 August 2018

“A range of labour, health and environmental organisations are calling for a clause to be inserted into the CPTPP Amendment Bill that would prevent future governments from extending investor‑state dispute settlement (ISDS) to countries seeking to join the agreement,” says Oliver Hailes, spokesperson for It’s Our Future, the network of opposition to the TPPA and other economic treaties that undermine democracy. “We have suggested wording to achieve that result, and we encourage all New Zealanders to submit before Friday in …

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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba wins appeal against being struck off

Other News14 August 2018

A doctor convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence over the death of a six-year-old boy in her care has won her bid to be reinstated to the medical register. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a junior doctor specialising in paediatrics, was held responsible for the death of Jack Adcock, who suffered heart failure after going into septic shock while in her care at Leicester Royal infirmary in 2011. She was removed from the medical register in January, after the General …

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