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

Workplace culture at SDHB under microscope

Other News 19 August 2019

A range of recent official and anecdotal reports have highlighted workplace culture issues at various Southern District Health Board sites. Health reporter Mike Houlahan asks if one of the region’s largest employers is one of the worst places to work. This week Otago Daily Times readers learned of claims junior doctors had been “broken” by bullying, favouritism and humiliation during their time in Dunedin Hospital’s gastroenterology department. Read more here: The ODT followed up the article after hearing reader feedback …

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Southland Hospital surgeons call on SDHB to take immediate action

Other News 19 August 2019

Southland Hospital general surgeons have called on the Southern District Health Board to immediately implement the recommendations of its own external review for bowel cancer treatment. The six surgeons have written an open letter saying it is disheartening the DHB is still requesting they apply criteria to colonoscopy access, even after the patient has been seen by a gastrointestinal specialist surgeon. Last month a damning external audit was released, saying the DHB had serious problems controlling bowel cancer and there were lengthy delays for …

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Arrests of health professionals deplored

Other News 16 August 2019

The arrest of four Turkish health professionals for providing medical care to a wounded child in Turkey during a curfew has been deplored by the World Medical Association (WMA) and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME). The four health staff – a physician Dr. Nesim Sayın and three nurses – were detained and arrested by Turkish authorities earlier this month following a police raid on their homes. According to information from their lawyers, they provided care to a 12-year-old …

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New research links poor housing to hospital admissions

Other News 15 August 2019

A research paper conducted by the University of Otago that was published today has shown a strong link between damp, mouldy housing and hospital admissions for young children with respiratory infections. “This research confirms the extra burden placed on too many families trying to keep their children safe. Poor housing standards that harm children are totally unacceptable”, said Green Party housing spokesperson Marama Davidson. “We need to see more urgent progress on enforcing the Government’s healthy homes standards. Housing New …

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2016-2

26 April 2016

Dear Member This is the second issue for 2016 of our electronic publication, Executive Direct, to report to members on National Executive news. It is sent to members after each Executive meeting. This Direct reports on the Executive meeting held on 14 April and will also be available on the ASMS website: The next regular Executive meeting is scheduled for 7 July. National DHB MECA negotiations Payroll Record membership year

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ASMS Direct – Issue 2016-3

17 May 2016
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