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.

NHS trust boss resigns in protest over underfunding of health services

Other News11 December 2017

The boss of one of the NHS’s biggest trusts has resigned in protest at what he claims is such serious government underfunding that hospitals cannot perform their key role properly. Bob Kerslake, who was the head of the civil service until 2015, is quitting as the chairman of the board at King’s College hospital in London, after a long-running dispute with the NHS watchdog over its finances. Ministers are in denial about the reality of how much …

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Appointment a ‘serious error’

Other News11 December 2017

Former health minister Jonathan Coleman has called Pete Hodgson’s appointment to the Dunedin Hospital rebuild a “serious error”, and has claimed the former Cabinet minister is unable to make tough decisions because he is local and in thrall to the Labour Party. Health Minister David Clark sacked Southern Partnership Group chairman Andrew Blair this week and appointed Mr Hodgson. “[Mr Hodgson’s] probably got preconceived ideas and would be very susceptible to local pressure. “Unfortunately, I think this project now is …

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Waikato DHB continues SmartHealth push in area rest homes

Other News11 December 2017

The Waikato DHB is on a drive to sign up rest-home residents to its virtual health project, SmartHealth. But health bosses say the move isn’t an attempt to inflate user numbers ahead of a crucial probe into the project. The health board launched SmartHealth in 2016 with the aim of giving people access to doctors via a smartphone, computer or tablet. To date, the project has struggled to attract users, with 9674 people registered with the app. Of those, about 6577 are active users. Read more here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/99651901/waikato-dhb-continues-smarthealth-push-in-area-rest-homes

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War of words over Dunedin Hospital rebuild

Other News11 December 2017

Former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has made the “wrong move for progressing the rebuild” of Dunedin Hospital. Health Minister David Clark sacked Andrew Blair from his position as Southern Partnership Group chairman, appointing former Labour Cabinet minister Pete Hodgson to the role instead. The move was welcomed by the union for senior doctors, but was slammed by Coleman. Read the article here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/99678845/war-of-words-over-dunedin-hospital-rebuild

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Senior doctors welcome removal of Chair of Dunedin Hospital rebuild group but more to be done including clinical leadership

ASMS News8 December 2017

The union for senior doctors is welcoming the Government’s decision to remove the external Chair of the so-called ‘partnership group’ overseeing the Dunedin Hospital rebuild. But there is more to be done including the need for extensive clinical leadership in the design of patient services and facilities. “It is important that this ‘partnership group’ is not dominated by people with limited local knowledge of the specific health needs of those who will need treatment at the new Dunedin Hospital,” says …

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