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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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Budget 2020 Takeaways

ASMS News 15 May 2020 ASMS

This week’s pre-Budget and Budget announcements have seen significant funding boosts for the health sector. But is it all good news? We’ve put together some information, along with our initial thoughts and main takeaways from Budget 2020.

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Health funding injection a big step in the right direction

ASMS News 12 May 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says the government’s pre-Budget funding announcement delivers a welcome shot in the arm for a health system which has been teetering on the edge. The Finance and Health Ministers have announced an extra $3.92 billion in operational funding over the next four years in what they describe as the largest injection into health in a decade.

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A big thank you!

ASMS News 1 May 2020 ASMS

Following the move out of Level 4 lockdown, the ASMS executive team wants to extend huge thanks to New Zealanders for their efforts in staying home and keeping people safe.

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ASMS briefing to Epidemic Response Committee

ASMS News 29 April 2020 ASMS

ASMS was invited to speak before parliament’s Epidemic Response Committee.  The Committee has been looking at the impact on the Covid-19 crisis on different sectors.  ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton gave a brief presentation before facing questions from MPs.

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Welcome to your new MECA!

ASMS News 23 April 2020 ASMS

The 2020 MECA which lays out your employment terms and conditions for the next year has been ratified by the National Executive after an overwhelming vote in favour by members who took part in the ballot.

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The right to speak up

ASMS News 23 April 2020 ASMS

The importance of senior doctors speaking up publicly when they have unresolved concerns about patient care, or the health and safety of staff, is repeatedly raised at ASMS forums. However relatively few doctors speak out publicly, despite provisions in the MECA allowing them to do so. We thought it was timely to issue some advice for members on the right to speak up and the protections laid out in the MECA.

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