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

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ASMS in the news

Coronavirus: Elective surgery catch-up could take years – Stuff

ASMS comments on Canterbury DHB and the Board going with clinicians’ least favoured option. (RNZ): Hospital picks clinicians’ least preferred option for new build – audio interview with Sarah here – interview with reporter here

Sarah Dalton placed public health and primary care atop her Budget wish list and reflected on lessons from the lockdown – NZ Doctor (paywalled)

Sarah Dalton spoke to TVNZ Breakfast on our pre-Budget opinion piece.

ASMS video Watch: Doctors say ‘thank you’ to Kiwis for their efforts to fight coronavirus – Stuff

Commentary from the Epidemic Response Commitee – NZ Herald

Wellington DHBs find 100,000 masks in deteriorated state – NZ Herald

Concern for Southland Hospital if coronavirus cases increase – Newshub (video)

ASMS calls for official reporting of Covid infection among health care staff – Stuff and NZ Herald

Doctors fear lack of basic protective gear is putting them at risk – Newshub Nation TV interview

Contamination fears spread among medical staff – Stuff

Nurses union calls for better provisions during Covid crisis –RNZ

Healthworkers could live away from families for weeks – Herald

Hospitals and medical centres face staff shortages – RNZ plus Morning Report interview

New Zealand’s intensive care capacity revealed – Herald

Hospital staff brace for next wave in Covid fight – Sunday Star Times/Stuff

Entire hospitals could be used to treat the sick – Herald

Worry over burnout and understaffed ICU units – using ASMS staffing survey RNZ and Herald plus Morning Report item

Wellington ICU doctor (and ASMS member) admits he is scared – Herald

New Zealand’s ICU capacity drops behind – Herald

New Zealand hospitals could treble ICU capacity – Herald

Model shows that ICU overload risks thousands more deaths – Newstalk ZB

Petition on behalf of concerned health workers urging the government to raise the alert level and then relief when it announced level 4.  |

1.7 million flu jabs ordered amid fears of Covid-19 and flu season – Stuff

The state of hospital infrastructure – which ASMS took part in. It’s well worth the 30 minute listen

Doctors at Whangarei Hospital worried about buildings – RNZ Morning Report