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.

Calls for health system rethink to help patients with serious long-term conditions

Other News15 January 2018

The health system is not helping, but harming some seriously unwell Kiwis, and needs an attitude overhaul to make it patient-friendly, experts say. Researcher Dr Helen Francis followed the journey of 16 patients with more than one serious long term health condition, for five years. She found many were faced with frustrating obstacles in healthcare that became insurmountable burdens. She was awarded her doctorate from Massey University’s School of Nursing in Manawatū late last year for the study. “The families I talked to had all sorts of awful things going on in their lives …

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Canterbury to get bowel screening by June 2020

Other News15 January 2018

Canterbury will offer bowel screening to 60-74 year olds in the 2019-2020 year, but concerns about staffing for the increased workload remain. It is the second change to the timeframe for the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) rollout in Canterbury since the National government committed funding to it in Budget 2016. Canterbury was to begin the programme last year, but the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) told the Ministry this was not achievable given the reduced facilities while Christchurch Hospital was redeveloped. The revised date was after …

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Health in the Waikato – the year that was

Other News15 January 2018

Roy Lewis is facing a summer of pain. In August, the Cambridge man was referred by his GP to Waikato Hospital’s orthopaedic clinic. After months spent battling intense sciatica, the 74-year-old was given a hospital appointment for late December, only to have it put off until February. Nigel Murray quit as Waikato DHB chief executive on October 5, part way through a probe into allegations he misspent health dollars (file photo). He’s now relying on a medley of pain relief …

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Dr Tom Watson stands down as chief medical officer at Waikato DHB

Other News12 January 2018

Dr Tom Watson, the Waikato District Health Board chief medical officer is stepping down from the DHB’s top clinical role, one he has held for 10 years. Watson is the third member to quit the DHB’s executive management team in as many months but unlike former chief executive Dr Nigel Murray and Waikato Hospital executive director Brett Paradine, Watson has not resigned. Instead he will continue in his role as an anaesthetist going back to full-time clinical work. Watson, who …

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Living on the Edge: Climate change’s influence on human health

Other News12 January 2018

Climate change may be an  environmental crisis but the havoc it will play on human life could also be hefty. By 2030, it is predicted 250,000 more people across the world will die from causes such as heat exposure, diarrhoea and  malaria while 500,000 more deaths will be linked to a reduction in the global food supply. For New Zealand, a warmer climate will result in allergies becoming more common, and their symptoms worse, the reliability of drinking water coming into question, melanoma rates increasing along with …

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