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.

Bowel screening programme misses too many cancers, says expert

Other News22 August 2018

The national bowel screening programme is likely to miss about a third of cancers present in paticipants, screening authority University of Otago Associate Professor Brian Cox says. His estimate follows the Ministry of Health Official Information Act release of provisional data from the Waitemata bowel screening pilot which shows 66 participants were diagnosed with cancer between programme screenings. Eighteen of these people have since died from colorectal cancer. The bulk of the cancers (56) and deaths (17) involved those who …

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Acute services building delays cause ‘significant pressure’

Other News22 August 2018

Delays to a Christchurch hospital described as the biggest Government project in the post-quake rebuild are heaping pressure on a health system already stretched to capacity, health board members say. Contractor CPB started construction on the acute services building in early 2016. Documents released under the Official Information Act (OIA) show the original due date for the $463 million project was July 3, 2018. That date keeps being pushed back. CPB has filed at least 52 extension of time claims, a report prepared for the …

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Government needs to stop break-up of forensic pathology service and listen to the clinical experts

ASMS News22 August 2018

“The Government needs to listen closely to the small group of highly trained clinical experts working in the country’s national forensic pathology service, who are warning of unintended consequences in years to come if the service is dismantled,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on an interview this morning with forensic pathologist Dr Paul Morrow about planned changes to the national forensic pathology service: https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018659186/crisis-looms-in-nz-forensic-pathology-service. Forensic pathologists have warned …

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Crisis looms in NZ Forensic Pathology Service

Other News22 August 2018

Fears of a collapse in the service which carries out the majority of post-mortem examinations – including all homicides in New Zealand. The Ministry of Justice has announced more funding for the country’s small forensic pathology service but leading forensic pathologist, Dr Paul Morrow says a crisis is still looming. He’s concerned about the planned restructure of the service and also the lack of autopsy training for new anatomic pathologists. He joins Lynn to talk through his concerns about the …

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Homicides could be missed under pathology restructure – expert

Other News21 August 2018

Forensic scientists say homicides could be missed if a Government proposal to give cases to local pathologists goes ahead. The Ministry of Justice wants complex cases managed by local coronial pathologists. Last week, Justice Minister Andrew Little told the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists the restructure would go ahead, despite protest. This restructure reverses the 2005 decision to consolidate the work in a single national forensic pathology service. Auckland District Health Board oversees the national service, which includes four forensic …

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