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.

NZ’s only surgical bus service helping rural patients extended for another year while long-term plan developed

Other News26 April 2018

The country’s only surgical bus, servicing rural New Zealand, has had its funding extended for another year while it works on a long-term plan. Mobile Health has provided vital day surgery to almost 23,000 patients for the past 17 years. The Ministry of Health has approved $4 million in funding for the surgical bus and a further $1.7 million to provide medical education and training to staff in 40 towns around the country. Read more and watch the video here: 

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Christchurch Hospital security ‘going to get worse’

Other News26 April 2018

Anxious nursing students are begging for “drastic changes” and their safety to be valued in an open letter to Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) chief executive David Meates. The letter comes in the wake of a late-night attack near Christchurch Hospital last week – the fifth reported incident in the last two-and-a-half years. A student nurse was left wounded after a man armed with a knife allegedly robbed and assaulted her on Hagley Ave after she left work about 10.30pm on Thursday. …

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District Health Board in dark over clinic opening date

Other News26 April 2018

Canterbury health planners have been left in the dark over a finish date for the city’s new outpatients building. Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) member Andy Dickerson​ said the situation was “totally unacceptable” and a result of a flawed management model imposed on the board. At last week’s CDHB meeting chief executive David Meates​ said the board had previously been advised the outpatients building would be finished in April or May. “Here we are at the end of April and we still don’t have a completion …

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Rescue helicopter cuts: Mayors urge Clark to reconsider

Other News23 April 2018

The mayors of Taupo, Rotorua and Ruapehu District will today meet with the Health Minister David Clark over the possible loss of rescue helicopter services in the region. Under a proposed re-design of the national air ambulance service, the Central North Island would be left without helicopter bases, meaning it would have to rely on choppers coming from Taranaki, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier or Palmerston North. And that has the mayors – and locals – worried. Sarah Robson has the story. …

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Nurses to vote on strike action – Cee Payne

Other News23 April 2018

Nurses will begin voting from today about whether they back strike action to resolve the pay impasse with their district health board employers. An independent panel met for the first time last week in a bid to find a way through the dispute between hospital nurses and DHBs. In the meantime the union is going ahead with a ballot about possible strike action, a plan that was endorsed by its national delegates last week. It means about 27,000 nurses will …

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