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

Ministry called to aid SDHB

Other News 22 February 2019

The Ministry of Health has been called in to help the Southern District Health Board develop a financial recovery plan, as its annual deficit soars towards $26million. Yesterday, the ministry finally released monthly updates on financial performance for DHBs, which were halted at the end of June last year. They show almost all 20 DHBs are expecting to end the current financial year in the red. The potential budgeted deficit for all DHBs is about $346million. Health Minister David Clark …

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DHBs on notice over financial performance

Other News 21 February 2019

Health Minister David Clark says District Health Boards are on notice to improve their financial performance and demonstrate they have a plan to return to financial sustainability. The Ministry of Health has today released monthly financial reports which show almost all DHBs are expecting to end the current financial year in the red, with a potential budgeted year-end deficit for all DHBs of around $346 million. David Clark says the forecasts are disappointing, but not altogether unexpected. “Our public health …

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Health Minister David Clark vetoing DHB pay agreements, union claims

Other News 18 February 2019

Health Minister David Clark has been accused of interfering in agreements between DHBs and their staff. All non-urgent surgeries scheduled at Lakes DHB facilities that require general anaesthetic will be postponed or cancelled this week, as Rotorua anaesthetic technicians strike for five days in a fight for better pay and working conditions. APEX union advocate Luke Coxon says they aren’t asking for much. “There’s only $25,000 difference between the union’s proposal and the DHB’s… that’s the total cost. That’s not …

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DHBs accuse junior doctors union of misleading claims

Other News 18 February 2019

District health boards are accusing the junior doctors’ union of making misleading and or deceptive statements in their deepening pay row. The doctors are taking ongoing strike action at public hospitals in a bitter row over proposed changes to their employment contract. DHBs say inaccurate union statements are fueling the dispute, and it’s calling for urgent intervention from the Employment Relations Authority. RNZ health correspondent, Karen Brown. Listen here: David Munro from the Resident Doctors Association responds:

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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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