ASMS

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

Colleague mourns loss of ‘gentle, humble’ doctor

Other News20 March 2019

A Christchurch expert in the medicine of older people is mourning a former colleague who died in Friday’s terror attack. Last night, Dr Amjad Hamid was still missing and unaccounted for, and his wife, Hanah Al Adem, told Checkpoint yesterday she is struggling to come to terms with the situation. Christchurch-based emeritus professor of geriatrics at the University of Otago, Dick Sainsbury, is upset about the loss of Dr Hamid, who he helped to teach when came to this country about …

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A message for the Muslim community and Christchurch

Other News20 March 2019

Tēnā koutou The Medical Council of New Zealand stands together with the people of Christchurch following Friday’s tragic events. Our aroha and manaakitanga go out to everyone, especially the Muslim and Christchurch communities. We are immensely grateful for the commitment and dedication of all doctors, nurses and other health professionals who have been caring for the injured. We particularly acknowledge the pain, sorrow and heartfelt loss since Friday that our colleagues of Muslim faith will be feeling. It is now …

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BMA responds to mosque attack in New Zealand

Other News18 March 2019

Responding to the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: “We are shocked and saddened to wake to the news of this atrocity, in which so many people lost their lives. “We send our thoughts and condolences to the victims and their loved ones, and solidarity to our friends at the New Zealand Medical Association and healthcare professionals working tirelessly on the front line treating the wounded and those traumatised by this …

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Hospital specialist among the victims of Christchurch shooting

ASMS News18 March 2019

ASMS is saddened to report that one of our members, Dr Amjad Hamid, died in Friday’s mass shooting in Christchurch. Stuff website reports that Amjad Hamid, 57, was an SMO and rural hospital consultant at Hawera Hospital. Prior to that he was a senior doctor with a special interest in cardiology, and worked for Canterbury DHB and as a locum at other DHBs around the country. He lived in Christchurch with his wife and family but travelled to Hawera for …

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Senior doctors’ union acknowledges contribution of Waikato’s interim health chief

ASMS News18 March 2019

The senior doctors’ union says departing Waikato District Health Board interim chief Derek Wright provided much-needed stability in the wake of the Nigel Murray scandal. “The DHB desperately needed a steady pair of hands at the helm after former Chief Executive Nigel Murray left in disgrace,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Staff were unsettled and morale was very low. Derek Wright’s job was to stabilise the ship so the DHB could get …

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