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We promote, protect and support the interests of our members in all aspects of their working lives. We are working for an equitable, accessible public health care system that meets the needs of all New Zealanders.

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Concerns about New Zealand’s doctor shortage getting even worse – TVNZ

Major health service shakeup fast-tracked, will take two years — new health minister Andrew Little – Stuff

New Health Minister Andrew Little promises to fast-track reforms of the health sector – RNZ

Urgent action needed to address hospital specialist shortage doctors union says – Stuff

Patients bear brunt of senior doctor shortage –RNZ Morning Report

Public hospitals short of specialists – RNZ Nine to Noon

Doctors union warns West Coast poised to lose specialist care – Stuff

Doctors union calls for bold action from Health Minister on primary care services – Stuff

Doctors union blames job cuts for battle to control Auckland syphilis outbreak – Stuff

Cabinet gets major shakeup with new Covid response portfolio in the mix – RNZ

Senior doctors union pleased to see Covid split from health portfolio – RNZ Morning Report

Monumental change urged to battle South Auckland diabetes epidemic – RNZ

Auckland based GP hired for telehealth appointments on the West Coast – Stuff

Mental health system far from transformed – Newsroom

Cash injection will not fix Canterbury DHB issues– RNZ

Doctors union says Canterbury is not only one facing DHB pressure – RNZ Midday Report

Government agrees 180 million dollar bailout for troubled Canterbury DHBTVNZ

Canterbury DHB’s $180m bailout: Only CEO can approve new staff – Stuff

NZ mental health facilities at breaking point – (Newshub AM Show)

Healthcare leaders warn service at breaking point – RNZ Morning Report

Data highlights hidden costs of lockdown for hospital patients – Newstalk ZB

Wellington Hospital mental health staffers hold crisis meeting over ‘dangerous and exhausting’ condition, DHB inaction – Stuff

Health system lacks capacity for telehealth, doctors’ union says – (Stuff)

Doctors still keen to have voices heard – Otago Daily Times

DHBs $885 million deficit – (Newsroom)

Doctors at understaffed Christchurch cancer department getting coaching to manage stress – Christchurch Press/Stuff

Warning Christchurch Hospital funding woes will put pressure on ICU and elective surgery – RNZ

Staff shortage at $525 million dollar yet-to-open Christchurch hospital – Christchurch Press

Undervalued and underpaid frontline nurses across the country strike for pay parity – Stuff

Some GP clinics close as primary care nurses and admin staff strike – RNZ

Two more top level resignations at Canterbury DHB – Stuff

Doctors pen warning to Christchurch over DHB – RNZ Nine to Noon

Decision day for Canterbury health board cost cuts amid ‘leadership crisis’ – Stuff

Just 21 essential health workers granted entry into NZ during first months of border shutdown – Stuff

What’s behind the management exodus at the CDHB? RNZ: The Detail:

Interim DHB boss uphill battle – Newsroom

Sue Nightingale the fifth executive manager has quit CDHB – Stuff

Canterbury DHB faces fifth high level resignation since last month – RNZ

New Christchurch Hospital building November opening bittersweet – Stuff

Counties Manukau DHB could delay some non-urgent surgery – RNZ

Canterbury DHB Chair tells staff not to worry about executive team resignations – Stuff

What price your health Southland? – Southland Times and Stuff

Cracks widen at imploding DHB – Newsroom

Canterbury, West Coast DHB chief executive Meates’ resignation a ‘disaster’ – RNZ

Doctors’ union angry after head of Canterbury and West Coast DHBs resigns – One News

‘God save the CDHB’: Union says health boss was put in an ‘untenable position’ – Christchurch Press

Counties Manukau DHB seeks to increase inhouse securityStuff

Government rules out interim payouts for health staff owed due to payroll errors – RNZ

Counties Manukau DHB hits back at claims of a senior doctor shortage – Stuff

Hawke’s Bay Hospital: ‘Vexed issue of air-conditioning’ may take 10 years for long-term fix – RNZ

DHB overspends now a ‘feature of the system’ – auditor-general – Stuff

Health reform – is NZ up for the long haul? – opinion piece Newsroom

Don’t let your health be treated like an exercise in practical accounting – opinion piece Christchurch Press

Canterbury health staff asked to pitch savings ideas as board grapples with cost-cutting – Stuff

Psychotic patient involved in stabbing transferred from emergency department – RNZ

Breach of doctor’s privacy by colleagues condemned by medical authorities, unions – NZ Herald

The closest ever look at the country’s hospitals reveals many intensive care units, operating theatres and emergency departments are in “poor or very poor” shape -Watch: Newshub

Operating theatres, ICUs not fit for purpose – hospital doctors – Listen: RNZ

New stocktake reveals the hospital facilities in worst condition – RNZ

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)

Now more than ever we need a budget which values the health of New Zealanders – Opinion piece Sunday Star Times

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