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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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Message about Auckland hospitals struggling to cope will resonate with senior doctors

22 February 2018 By ASMS

“The strong message about a public health system at breaking point that Auckland hospital leaders have given politicians will resonate with senior doctors and other front-line staff who deal with the consequences every day,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). She was commenting on reports that hospital bosses from the Auckland district health boards told Parliament’s health select committee that the health system is feeling the pressure of underfunding and population growth, …

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Spend-up shows how out of touch the Ministry of Health has become

7 February 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“The huge spend-up by the Ministry of Health’s former Director-General just shows out of touch the Ministry has become with the real world of cash-strapped hospitals and shortages in front line clinical staff,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that Director-General Chai Chuah spent $31,000 on a nine-day course in the United States and $233,258 to fly overseas facilitators to New Zealand to run workshops for Ministry of …

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Senior doctors ask Government for independent health assessment of trade deal

26 January 2018 Media Release - ASMS

Senior doctors have strong concerns about the likely impact of the so-called Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on New Zealanders’ health and health services. “Our analysis of the CPTPP, and a discussion with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ministry of Health, indicate the need for an independent health impact assessment (HIA) remains as critical as ever,” says Angela Belich, Acting Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The ASMS is among …

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Senior doctors ask Government for independent health assessment of trade deal

21 December 2017 Media Release - ASMS

The union for senior doctors is asking the Government when an independent assessment will be carried out into the health impact of the international trade deal formerly known as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). “This is an important issue for our members and the communities they work with so we’re looking for some clarity from the new Government,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). ASMS, the Council of Trade Unions and …

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Senior doctors welcome removal of Chair of Dunedin Hospital rebuild group but more to be done including clinical leadership

8 December 2017 Media Release - ASMS

The union for senior doctors is welcoming the Government’s decision to remove the external Chair of the so-called ‘partnership group’ overseeing the Dunedin Hospital rebuild. But there is more to be done including the need for extensive clinical leadership in the design of patient services and facilities. “It is important that this ‘partnership group’ is not dominated by people with limited local knowledge of the specific health needs of those who will need treatment at the new Dunedin Hospital,” says …

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Senior doctors welcome SFO scrutiny of Nigel Murray’s spending

28 November 2017 Media Release - ASMS

The union for senior doctors and dentists working in New Zealand’s public hospitals is welcoming news of a Serious Fraud Office inquiry into the spending of former Waikato District Health Board Chief Executive Nigel Murray. “This additional scrutiny of the former Chief Executive’s disgraceful spend-up on the taxpayer’s coin – at least some of which appears to have been unauthorised – is timely and entirely appropriate,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He …

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Bullying of senior doctors rife in public health system, report finds

24 November 2017 ASMS

A major survey published today of senior doctors and dentists working in New Zealand’s public health system found more than a third had been bullied at work, and two-thirds had witnessed others being bullied. The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) will be presenting the findings of its survey to the ASMS Annual Conference in Wellington today, attended by some of the country’s most senior doctors. The report, Bullying in the New Zealand senior medical workforce: prevalence, correlates and consequences, …

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New Health Minister off to good start with speech to senior doctors’ conference

23 November 2017 Media Release - ASMS

New Health Minister David Clark pressed all the right buttons with his address to senior doctors and dentists this morning,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Dr Clark addressed the ASMS Annual Conference in Wellington, and acknowledged the work of ASMS members in helping to hold together the public health system during a sustained period of neglect. Mr Powell said the messages from the Minister were heartening. “He also acknowledged the ongoing pressures …

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ASMS Annual Conference speakers

22 November 2017 ASMS

The ASMS 29th Annual Conference is being held in Wellington tomorrow and Friday, with a stimulating line-up of speakers on topics relevant to the work of senior doctors and dentists. Speakers include: National President Dr Hein Stander The new Minister of Health, Dr David Clark Dr Victoria Atkinson, CMO and cardiothoracic surgeon, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, on changes to culture to address negative behaviours and improve safety Dr Erik Monasterio, Canterbury DHB forensic psychiatrist, on a personal experience of stress …

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