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

Māori, Pacific straight-to-interview policy likely to be copied: expert

Other News 16 October 2018

All eligible Māori and Pacific job candidates are being automatically fast-tracked to the interview stage for openings at Auckland DHB. The change has been made to try to increase workforce diversity, and has already resulted in more Māori and Pacific candidates being interviewed and hired. The policy, which began in June, is likely to be adopted by the private sector, a human resources lecturer says. Jarrod Haar, Professor of human resources management at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), said the …

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Top Ministry of Health official remains on leave as restructure claims position

Other News 16 October 2018

A top health official with oversight of hospital redevelopments totalling hundreds of millions of dollars remains on leave four months after he became the subject of an internal investigation. Ministry of Health critical projects director Michael Hundleby was placed on paid leave around the start of June while a Ministry investigation, understood to focus on procurement, was carried out. It is understood the investigation is still under way, but it is not clear if he is still on full pay. Read more here:

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Single Chief Executive for two DHBs is a mistake

ASMS News 12 October 2018

“The decision to appoint a single chief executive to lead two Wellington region district health boards is a mistake,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). She was commenting on an announcement that a single chief executive would be recruited to run both the Capital & Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB ( “The two DHBs have their own particular issues, population health needs and workforce pressures to deal with,” she says. …

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Golden Bay’s GP shortage a warning of wider rural doctor issues

Other News 10 October 2018

A doctor shortage in Golden Bay is the “canary in a coal mine” for rural communities facing similar problems, a general practitioner leader says. Nelson GP spokesperson Graham Loveridge said the state of healthcare in the small rural community of Golden Bay highlighted a worsening issue across the country as general practices struggled to recruit young GPs. The shortage in small towns was quickly growing as GPs retire, a trend predicted to accelerate over the next decade. Health authorities are …

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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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