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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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Government needs to stop break-up of forensic pathology service and listen to the clinical experts

22 August 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“The Government needs to listen closely to the small group of highly trained clinical experts working in the country’s national forensic pathology service, who are warning of unintended consequences in years to come if the service is dismantled,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on an interview this morning with forensic pathologist Dr Paul Morrow about planned changes to the national forensic pathology service: https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018659186/crisis-looms-in-nz-forensic-pathology-service. Forensic pathologists have warned …

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Homicides could be missed if forensic pathology service collapses, warns senior doctors

20 August 2018 Media Release - ASMS

The national forensic pathology service in this country is on the brink of collapse – and Justice Minister Andrew Little is refusing to intervene despite the advice of clinical experts, says the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The seriousness of the current situation cannot be over-stated,” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell. “If these services fall over, we will be left with a gaping hole in our ability to determine the cause of death in situations that are unclear …

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Nurses’ pay deal welcomed by senior doctors

7 August 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“Senior doctors welcome today’s news of a pay deal reached with nurses and congratulate this group of health professionals on their perseverance and determination,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on today’s announcement by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation that the collective employment agreement for nurses, midwives and health care assistants had been settled after nearly a year of negotiations (https://www.nzno.org.nz/about_us/media_releases/articletype/articleview/articleid/2826/dhb-meca-ratified-by-members). The pay deal has been welcomed by Prime …

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Legislated health targets not the answer to ensuring efficient public health system

2 August 2018 MEDIA RELEASE - ASMS

“Legislated health targets would be a clunky, heavy-handed way to monitor public hospitals and could end up putting patients at risk,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “If they were made a legal requirement, then governments would need to ensure a requirement to adequately fund our public health services was also enshrined in law. You can’t have one without the other.” He was commenting on reports that National wants to make health targets …

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ACC medical advisors cancel strikes as talks progress

2 August 2018 MEDIA RELEASE - ASMS

“ACC’s medical advisors have called off planned strikes as significant progress has been made on two issues greatly concerning them,” says Lloyd Woods, a Senior Industrial Officer with the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). ASMS represents most of the medical advisors employed by ACC, who provide specialised medical advice on claims. They have been striking over a stalemate in their negotiations for improvements to pay and conditions under their collective employment agreement. The next four-hour strike was planned for …

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Government-led accord on public hospital safe nurse staffing levels welcomed

30 July 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“Health Minister David Clark is to be commended for brokering an accord on safe nurse staffing levels in public hospitals,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “This is a very welcome initiative from a Minister who clearly wants to make a real difference for patients and health professionals.” Mr Powell was commenting on the Health Minister’s announcement that an accord had been reached between district health boards, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and …

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Whitecoat website forcing doctors into dubious business relationship

26 July 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“The Whitecoat website that rates doctors is looking more and more dubious on closer examination,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It seems that doctors can be added to the website without their permission and the only way they can then have any semblance of control over what appears is if they then go through a process of ‘claiming’ their profile, which the website says they might then be charged for. “If they …

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Website to rate doctors a serious concern; questions asked about fairness, safety, and vested interests of health insurance companies

26 July 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“The launch of a website that allows patients to rate their doctors sets a dubious precedent with no guarantee of greater transparency or improved quality of care,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Not only that, it raises serious concerns about fair treatment of doctors if comments can be made about them without any context or attempt at verification. For example, what happens if a doctor initiates child protection proceedings because they are …

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Further strike today by ACC senior doctors

25 July 2018 Media Release - ASMS

ACC medical advisors will walk off the job again today (Wednesday 25 July) for four hours over their unsettled collective employment agreement. “They’re very unhappy about ACC’s continuing refusal to negotiate properly with them,” says Lloyd Woods, a Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “They’re not asking for a lot, or for anything unreasonable, but ACC just won’t listen.” The strike goes from 1pm until 5pm, and is the second in a series of five …

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