ASMS

We are the union for salaried doctors and dentists.

We promote, protect and support the interests of our members in all aspects of their working lives. We are working for an equitable, accessible public health care system that meets the needs of all New Zealanders.

Senior doctors need more than hollow words as Australia comes knocking

News22 October 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora is calling on the Government to put words into action when it comes to valuing frontline health workers, with Australia poised to bring in thousands of extra clinical staff. The Health Minister Andrew Little said this week that health workers should feel assured that the pressure they are under, is not unnoticed. “When you’ve been offered a zero percent pay rise, which effectively amounts to a pay cut, and no prospect …

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Priority MIQ for essential health workers applauded

News20 October 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora is welcoming the Government’s announcement to guarantee 300 Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) spaces a month for much-needed health professionals. Border closures have exacerbated problems in an already stretched health system. ASMS understood that 100 of the 250 requests made by DHBs in recent months to prioritise health staff had been rejected. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says not being able to get desperately-needed health staff into the country has been …

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Endemic Covid will expose lack of health workforce investment and cost lives

News14 October 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialist Toi Mata Hauora says endemic Covid is set to expose the long-term lack of investment and planning in New Zealand’s health workforce, costing lives. The Government has detailed how the health system will deal with the expected increase in Covid cases. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says frontline ICU specialists do not share the Government’s confidence around ICU bed capacity and there are real fears about what lies ahead. “We have been repeatedly told …

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Mandatory vaccination welcome – booster planning next step

News11 October 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says planning for Covid boosters must follow today’s decision on mandatory vaccination for health workers. ASMS welcomes mandatory vaccination for health workers as a common-sense decision and senior doctors are actively promoting vaccination in their workplaces and communities. Executive Director Sarah Dalton says there had been some disquiet among senior clinicians about having unvaccinated staff working in our hospitals and health services. “It’s been an added stress in an already stressed …

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