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Mental health in a ‘perfect storm’ of crisis

23 September 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says mental health services in almost every region are at breaking point due to overcrowding, chronic staffing shortages, and the rising number of acute cases driven by methamphetamine, and now Covid-19. Staff in Wellington Hospital’s mental health ward have told Radio New Zealand (Wellington Hospital mental health unit unsafe for staff, patients) that the unit is at crisis point. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says it’s a situation repeated in mental health units …

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Shout out to Auckland’s stretched public health teams

18 September 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says the Covid pandemic is taking a massive toll on public health teams in Auckland which have been working tirelessly for months without a break. A call has gone out to other public health specialists around the country to give some short-term support, so those involved in the northern Covid response can take leave.

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National’s health targets no magic bullet

17 September 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says politically set health targets are no magic bullet for addressing the growing number of New Zealanders who are missing out on hospital treatment. As part of its just-released health policy, the National Party says it would reintroduce public reporting of updated national health targets to monitor DHB performance, including cancer treatment times, elective surgeries and emergency department wait times.

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15 September 2020 ASMS

The adoption of telehealth in New Zealand has been on the rise in recent years. Most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated a significant shift in the provision of health care services with telehealth services a key tool in preventing the spread of the virus and protecting healthcare workers from the illness. ASMS has written a Research Brief that discusses the development of telehealth and issues related to its uptake.

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Safer Sick Leave

8 September 2020 ASMS

ASMS supports all working people having safer sick leave. The Government has already adjusted sick leave provisions due to Covid-19 but the Council of Trade Unions wants more wide-ranging and long-lasting change. You can show your support.

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Senior doctors back striking nurses

3 September 2020 ASMS Media Release

Senior hospital doctors and dentists are voicing their support for the thousands of general practice nurses who are striking today, saying all healthcare workers deserve investment. The nurses are fighting for equal pay with their district health board colleagues. “These nurses are at the coalface of our communities and the Covid pandemic has served to highlight the essential service they provide,” says the Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Sarah Dalton. “It’s patently unfair that such pay …

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Health investment should be determined by need not number-crunching

31 August 2020 ASMS comment piece

The crisis which has been playing out at the Canterbury DHB is in many ways a cautionary tale and if we do not take lessons from it, it will be the first of several large dominoes to fall. DHBs should not have to push austerity to reduce debt.  Read our opinion piece as published in the Sunday Star Times.

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Government needs to front up on Canterbury DHB crisis

27 August 2020 Media Release - ASMS

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says it’s time for the Government to front up to the people of Canterbury about the governance crisis at the District Health Board. The DHB is facing an unprecedented crisis after the resignation of 7 of the 11-strong executive management team, including the Chief Executive David Meates.

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Your right to speak up

24 August 2020 ASMS

Senior doctors and dentists have the right under the MECA to speak publicly on issues they believe are important. This can include if they feel patient care is being compromised or to voice concerns about the way healthcare is being managed and delivered.

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