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.

Urgent plea over theft and hoarding of critical hospital supplies

ASMS News 27 March 2020

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is putting out an urgent plea for people to stop taking hospital supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). ASMS members at several DHBs have raised concerns that essential equipment needed to fight Covid-19 is going missing. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says it’s not just the odd mask being taken. “We’ve had reports of wholesale uplifts of things like scrubs, masks and hand sanitiser.  Supplies of PPE are vital during this Covid-19 crisis and …

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Covid-19 guidance and resources

News 26 March 2020

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.

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Covid-19 guidance and resources

COVID-19 26 March 2020

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.

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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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It’s time to start counting the real costs of health rationing

Blog 30 January 2020

I have never been a great fan of maths. I sometimes refer to myself as “not very maths-y.” It’s a self-concept that has always worked for me and — if I’m honest — I can’t think of a time when my relative ‘maths-less-ness’ has held me back. However, they say that all good things must come to an end and maybe I, too, need to reach for the abacus. Why? Because it’s time we started counting the real costs of …

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