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

Syphilis deaths highlight need for proper health sector resourcing

ASMS News16 July 2018

“The heart-wrenching news that babies have died from syphilis underscores yet again the importance of properly funding and resourcing essential health services,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “This should not be happening in a quality first-world public health care system like New Zealand’s.” He was commenting on reports that babies are dying from syphilis passed on from their mothers during pregnancy ( He particularly noted comments by Dr Jane Morgan, clinical …

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More support and facilities needed for breastfeeding senior doctors

ASMS News16 July 2018

“Breastfeeding senior doctors returning to paid work in public hospitals after parental leave need suitable facilities and enough time to express milk or feed their babies, as well as supportive colleagues and managers,” says Dr Charlotte Chambers, Principal Analyst (Policy & Research) at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Those are key findings in a Research Brief published by ASMS and available online at The publication, Breastfeeding and returning to paid work; issues for ASMS members, summarises …

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ACC medical advisors start rolling strikes tomorrow

Other News16 July 2018

“ACC medical advisors are poised to walk off the job tomorrow because they’ve had a gutsful of their employer’s cavalier approach to their pay, conditions and well-being,” says Lloyd Woods, a Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The 39 medical advisors will strike for four hours from 8am Tuesday 17 July as part of weekly rolling stoppages over their stalled employment agreement negotiations. “It’s only the second time ever that we can recall senior doctors …

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Nurses’ commended for professionalism during strike; up to DHBs now to act with commonsense

Other News13 July 2018

“Nurses are to be commended for acting with great professionalism throughout their 24-hour strike,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It would have been a very difficult decision for them to take strike action, and it no doubt reflects the depth of feeling about where their negotiations are at made worse by eight years of being treated as a balance sheet liability rather than a tremendous asset for achieving quality patient care. “Throughout …

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Nurses’ strike underway

Other News12 July 2018