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

Coronavirus: Elective surgery catch-up could take years

Other News 25 May 2020

It could take years to get through a backlog of elective surgery patients caused by Covid-19 restrictions, say specialists. Senior doctors warn there aren’t enough specialists to increase capacity and many work in both the public and private sectors. Sarah Dalton, of the Association Salaried Medical Specialists, said New Zealand didn’t have enough senior doctors before the pandemic to deal with regular patient load and “nothing has changed”.

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Budget 2020 Takeaways

ASMS News 15 May 2020

This week’s pre-Budget and Budget announcements have seen significant funding boosts for the health sector. But is it all good news? We’ve put together some information, along with our initial thoughts and main takeaways from Budget 2020.

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Health funding injection a big step in the right direction

ASMS News 12 May 2020

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says the government’s pre-Budget funding announcement delivers a welcome shot in the arm for a health system which has been teetering on the edge. The Finance and Health Ministers have announced an extra $3.92 billion in operational funding over the next four years in what they describe as the largest injection into health in a decade.

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Does the planet needs us to travel less?

Blog 19 March 2020

Kiwis are a well-travelled people. The OE and the obligatory mid-winter Fiji or skiing family holiday have become part of our lives. And Kiwi doctors are particularly well-travelled. This is partly by necessity to remain up to date in our knowledge, skills, and practice. We are very distant from almost every major centre of medical innovation, and access to specialised education and training often involves leaving New Zealand. At the same time, New Zealand doctors love to travel for the …

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Hospitals or hothouses?

Blog 3 March 2020

This morning Newstalk ZB wanted to talk to me – at 5.30am!! They are following up on an RNZ piece about Hawkes Bay Hospital and how hot it gets in summer. Fine. I woke up early and talked about how hot it is; and how bad that is. Less than five minutes of my time. But it can’t stop there. Some wards at Hastings Hospital are topping 30 degrees. Like the Nurses Organisation and the Resident Doctors’ Association – …

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ASMS-DHB MECA Negotiations 2016/17

ASMS in the news

Coronavirus: Elective surgery catch-up could take years – Stuff ASMS comments on Canterbury DHB and the Board going with clinicians’ least favoured option. (RNZ): Hospital picks clinicians’ least preferred option for new build – audio interview with Sarah here – interview with reporter here Sarah Dalton placed public health and primary care atop her Budget wish list and reflected on lessons from the lockdown – NZ Doctor (paywalled) Sarah Dalton spoke to TVNZ Breakfast on …

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Covid-19 Guidance and Resources

There is a range of guidance and advice out there for frontline healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve compiled some of the information and resources which are available to help support ASMS members and ensure their own health and safety is looked after. As you know the situation is rapidly evolving and some of the information could change. Change of duties or extra hours ASMS has put together advice to support you: Changes of duties or extra …

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