ASMS

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The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

Canterbury GP bosses accuse politicians of ‘underhand tactics’ against CDHB

Other News21 July 2017

Three primary health organisation (PHO) bosses have accused government staff of “underhand tactics” in “attacking” Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) members and employees over funding. Professor Les Toop of Pegasus Health, Dr Lorna Martin of Rural Canterbury PHO and Dr Angus Chambers of Christchurch PHO came out swinging in a statement directed at politicians and senior Ministry of Health (MOH) staff released on Thursday. They called for an “immediate, independent, comprehensive and transparent review of Canterbury’s overall funding”. Read the article here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/94946043/canterbury-gp-bosses-accuse-politicians-of-underhand-tactics-against-cdhb

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CMDHB portraying itself as ‘the great rescuer’: ASMS

Other News21 July 2017

ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell says the new regime at Counties Manukau DHB seems to want to portray itself as ‘the great rescuer’ but to do that, there needs to be something to rescue. What went before is being demonised and Ko Awatea has become a victim of that, he told New Zealand Doctor magazine.  The full article by Fiona Thomas in New Zealand Doctor follows: Counties Manukau DHB bosses are blaming the $9 million to be spent expanding research …

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Lee Mathias surprised and saddened by DHB decisions on Ko Awatea

Other News21 July 2017

The former chair of Counties Manukau DHB is questioning the reasons behind the cancel­lation of Ko Awatea’s APAC Forum, describing it as “hugely embarrassing”. Lee Mathias, who was replaced as DHB chair by Lester Levy last December, says she was very sur­prised by the sudden cancellation of the forum, scheduled for 20 September, and the resignation of Ko Awatea director Jonathon Gray last month. She says it is a sad outcome and difficult to understand. The DHB has blamed financial …

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Government message to DHB heads: ‘Keep quiet or else’

ASMS News20 July 2017

“Treasury’s release of papers about Canterbury District Health Board’s (CDHB) financial performance appears to have been deliberately designed to intimidate and silence senior DHB officials who have dared to question the adequacy of government funding,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The papers contain repeated criticisms of the performance of the chair, the chief executive and appointed members of the board, and some border on threats to the positions of these individuals, …

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Canterbury medical staff support DHB in face of Treasury criticism

Other News20 July 2017

A group of 500 senior doctors have slammed highly critical Treasury advice about the Canterbury DHB, reports Stuff (https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/94854331/senior-canterbury-doctors-say-treasury-attack-like-pearl-harbour). Without warning on Thursday, Treasury published a scathing analysis accusing the CDHB of poor financial performance and using manipulative strategies to gain additional funding.  Following that, the Canterbury Hospitals’ Medical Staff Association (CHMSA) has come out in full support of its board. Other reports of the Treasury’s criticism and subsequent response include: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/94850832/treasury-report-on-canterbury-dhb-a-pearl-harbour-attack https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/94833071/with-health-funding-in-the-balance-look-to-the-lessons-of-the-past http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/335396/report-on-canterbury-dhb-a-pearl-harbour-attack-doctors http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/335137/canterbury-dhb-disputes-treasury-report

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