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.

CTU raises concerns on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Other News19 February 2018

Many of you will be aware that the government has announced the TPP-11 (now the CPTPP) is due to be signed in Chile on 8 March. The CTU still has significant concern with it. It is fundamentally the same agreement as the old TPPA, with changes to around 20 provisions that have been suspended, with over 1000 clauses intact. The CTU have written to Hon David Parker with requests for response to several areas where there are outstanding concerns, read …

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Boyd Swinburn: Doubters try to bury sugary-drinks tax

Other News19 February 2018

A report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) concluded that a sugary drinks tax by itself would not significantly reduce obesity. This has fuelled the merchants of doubt who are opposed to including it in a multi-strategy approach to reduce our appallingly high rates of childhood obesity and dental caries. The report drew the wrong conclusions because it dismissed the estimated changes of body weight as trivial when in fact, applied across the whole population, they are …

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Oral health expert Robin Whyman slams claims made by fluoride critic Paul Connett

Other News16 February 2018

Fluoridating drinking water is about protecting the health interests of the wider population, a dental expert says. This comes in response to a Fluoride Free meeting held on Wednesday, where prominent critic Dr Paul Connett told a 100-person audience about water fluoridation and the harm he argued it posed to health and the environment. However, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board clinical director for oral health Dr Robin Whyman said the board supported fluoridation as evidence showed its effect on reducing …

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Mr Andrew Connolly re-elected chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand

Other News15 February 2018

At the Council’s first meeting of the year, Mr Connolly was unanimously elected chairperson of Council for another 12 months. Appointed to the Council in November 2009, Mr Connolly was elected deputy chair of Council in February 2012 and was first elected chairperson of Council in February 2014. Mr Connolly is a general and colorectal surgeon, employed fulltime at Counties Manukau District Health Board. Council members also unanimously re-elected, Ms Laura Mueller, a lay member as the Council’s deputy chairperson. …

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The acute case for new hospitals

Other News13 February 2018

OPINION:  All of us need good hospitals near us so that when accidents happen or we get sick, we can access both acute and planned healthcare provided by well-trained doctors and nurses working in modern facilities. A number of our hospitals are ageing and require significant maintenance, and in some cases need to be replaced by new facilities. Over recent years there has been a limited amount of capital available to build new hospitals, particularly with the rebuild of Christchurch hospitals …

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