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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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ASMS in the news

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

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)

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