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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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Bleak winter ahead for Dunstan Hospital services

13 May 2015 ASMS media release

“Winter is coming for Dunstan Hospital in central Otago as it faces a $1 million budget shortfall, closure of hospital beds, and staff and service reductions,” says Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director.  “This is a direct consequence of the Southern District Health Board’s short-sighted decision to reduce the hospital’s funding by 5% for the 2015-16 year, and is an unbelievable blow for a rural hospital like Dunstan.”  The full ASMS media release is available here.

Media reports on Dunstan Hospital’s situation can be found here, here, here and here.