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.
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says the Covid pandemic is taking a massive toll on public health teams in Auckland which have been working tirelessly for months without a break. A call has gone out to other public health specialists around the country to give some short-term support, so those involved in the northern Covid response can take leave.
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says politically set health targets are no magic bullet for addressing the growing number of New Zealanders who are missing out on hospital treatment. As part of its just-released health policy, the National Party says it would reintroduce public reporting of updated national health targets to monitor DHB performance, including cancer treatment times, elective surgeries and emergency department wait times.
The adoption of telehealth in New Zealand has been on the rise in recent years. Most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated a significant shift in the provision of health care services with telehealth services a key tool in preventing the spread of the virus and protecting healthcare workers from the illness. ASMS has written a Research Brief that discusses the development of telehealth and issues related to its uptake.
ASMS supports all working people having safer sick leave. The Government has already adjusted sick leave provisions due to Covid-19 but the Council of Trade Unions wants more wide-ranging and long-lasting change. You can show your support.