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.

Guyon Espiner investigates Pharmac: The NZ Buyer’s Club

Other News23 May 2019

Guyon Espiner reveals how lung cancer patients are buying cut-price drugs from India, as other New Zealanders fundraise, petition and apply for clinical trials to access medications Pharmac won’t fund. This is the first story in a four-part investigation into how Pharmac works and whether its model is costing lives. The second story will be online tomorrow. Baden Ngan Kee edges down the stairs using a black cane topped with a jaguar’s head fashioned from silver. He opens the office …

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Euthanasia bill ‘goes against the ethics of our profession’ – Medical Association chair says

Other News23 May 2019

Newly proposed amendments to the End of Life Choice Bill, which is set to have its second reading in Parliament, have been strongly rejected by the New Zealand Medical Association, with its chair saying it “goes against the ethics of our profession”. Dr Kate Baddock told TVNZ1’s Breakfast this morning under the new bill doctors would still be the ones administering the injection for those choosing to end their life through voluntary euthanasia. “Doctors are still the ones that would …

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Auckland DHB tracking $13 million over budget as end of financial year looms

Other News23 May 2019

Winter pressures, staff shortages and ongoing strike action have led to a $13 million overspend at Auckland District Health Board. The DHB’s 2018/19 approved financial plan was for a break-even budget, but so far it was already tracking $13m “unfavourable”, the agenda for May’s board meeting, held on Wednesday, showed. The cost of new collective agreements were a major strain on the DHB’s budget this year. Read more here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/112913323/auckland-dhb-tracking-13-million-over-budget-as-end-of-financial-year-looms

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Show us the money – where did Budget 2018’s billions get spent in health?

Other News23 May 2019

The National Hauora Coalition expects to be part of early plans for more services to Auckland children to put rheumatic fever rates back in decline. The condition is on the rise again and, after two years of reduced Government investment in prevention, Budget 2019 will contain new money. The Ministry of Health website shows the rate of first hospitalisations nationally is almost back to where it was before prevention programmes began in 2009/10. Pacific Island New Zealanders have had the …

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Health $3.2 billion under-funded since 2009/10

ASMS News23 May 2019

A pre-budget analysis conducted by the Council of Trade Unions and Association of Salaried Medical Specialists has highlighted a vast spending shortfall in health since 2009/2010. For the Health Vote to regain the spending power of the 2009/10 Health Vote and pay for the initiatives and additional costs announced over that time, it would need to increase by $3.2 billion to $20.2 billion in Budget 2019. The analysis can be read here: http://www.union.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/How-much-funding-is-needed-to-avoid-the-condition-of-the-Health-System-worsening-2019.pdf It shows Vote Health operational spending …

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