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

Expert with primary care knowledge and mana sought for new ministry role

Other News 23 February 2018

The Ministry of Health is about to appoint its first chief advisor primary care since former GP Jim Primrose left the organisation four years ago. It will be the first new clinical advisor role created for the relatively new office of the chief medical officer. The job is being advertised as having a primary care focus. The chief medical officer is Andrew Simpson, a former Capital & Coast DHB medical oncologist. Dr Simpson says the appointee will be a subject matter expert with a wider view, and will …

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Labour dodges the question on third medical school

Other News 23 February 2018

Health Minister Dr David Clark has denied claims he told Otago University the bid for a Waikato medical school is dead. National MPs probed Clark on the proposal in Parliament and the minister effectively dodged the question. Clark says Labour is exploring proposals for a third medical school, but both National and University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley are unconvinced. Read the article here: 

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CTU raises concerns on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Other News 22 February 2018

Many of you will be aware that the government has announced the TPP-11 (now the CPTPP) is due to be signed in Chile on 8 March. The CTU still has significant concern with it. It is fundamentally the same agreement as the old TPPA, with changes to around 20 provisions that have been suspended, with over 1000 clauses intact. The CTU have written to Hon David Parker with requests for response to several areas where there are outstanding concerns, read …

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Message about Auckland hospitals struggling to cope will resonate with senior doctors

ASMS News 22 February 2018

“The strong message about a public health system at breaking point that Auckland hospital leaders have given politicians will resonate with senior doctors and other front-line staff who deal with the consequences every day,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). She was commenting on reports that hospital bosses from the Auckland district health boards told Parliament’s health select committee that the health system is feeling the pressure of underfunding and population growth, …

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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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