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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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Senseless killing of Japanese doctor condemned

6 December 2019 World Medical Association

The World Medical Association has condemned as “abhorrent” the killing of a Japanese doctor in Afghanistan. Dr. Tetsu Nakamura, who had devoted his career to improving the lives of Afghans, was shot by gunmen in an attack in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. He died of his injuries. His three security guards, his driver and a colleague were also killed in the attack. The full press release is available here.

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The nonagenarian graduate: Doctorate in Medicine for 90-year-old Ron Trubuhovich

3 December 2019 Cherie Howie - New Zealand Herald

He’s just graduated with a Doctorate in Medicine aged 90, and there’s no stopping Dr Ron Trubuhovich. The nonagenarian is already planning his next project, after he received his doctorate at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences graduation on Friday. His thesis had to stick to a 100,000 word limit, meaning some early chapters on critical care medicine before 1870 had to be chopped. So his next move is to get them published elsewhere. His findings …

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Private firms handed £15bn in NHS contracts over past five years

3 December 2019 Denis Campbell - The Guardian

Private firms have been handed almost £15bn in NHS contracts over the past five years, figures show. The value of contracts given to non-NHS providers, mainly profit-driven firms but also including some social enterprises, has soared by 89% since 2015, from £1.9bn to £3.6bn a year. The figures cast doubt on the claim to MPs by the health secretary, Matt Hancock, in January that “there is no privatisation of the NHS on my watch” and …

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Doctors warn if working conditions unchanged ‘suffering of New Zealanders will worsen’

28 November 2019 Radio New Zealand

The president of the senior doctors union has opened its annual conference by hitting out at the health minister for failing to help a decaying health system. Members of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) gathered in Wellington today, with the conference largely focusing on Crown under-investment in health and workforce burnout. ASMS national president Murray Barclay said when the new government took over, the industry was hopeful it would get the funding it needed, but this had not …

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Senior doctors say public hospitals in crisis due to staffing – interview

25 November 2019 RNZ Morning Report

Senior doctors are warning our public hospitals are in crisis – without enough staff to provide good, safe and reliable healthcare to New Zealanders. Medical specialists are reporting crying on the way to work, due to their workload, rapid growth in patient numbers, and not enough staff to go around. The president of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Murray Barclay, speaks to RNZ Morning Report. Listen here

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Cultural Safety and He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity

22 November 2019 Medical Council - press release

Release of Statement on cultural safety and He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity E ngā rata, e ngā iwi, e ngā tauiwi o te motu, tenā tātou katoa, The Medical Council, in partnership with Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (Te ORA), is pleased to be releasing our Statement on cultural safety and He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity. These important resources have been developed over several years, and are the result of an extensive literature …

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Call for employment investigation into former Waikato DHB boss to be released

21 November 2019 Libby Wilson - Stuff

The employment investigation a former Waikato health boss tried to keep secret should come out in full, a health union leader says. Nigel Murray quit his job at the head of Waikato DHB almost two years ago, while his expenses were being probed. He was later found to have spent $120,608 on unjustified travel and accommodation, and has taken his former employer to court to keep a draft employment investigation report secret. But that report should be released, says Association of …

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World Medical Association deplores breakdown in Hong Kong medical care

21 November 2019 WMA - press release

The reported breakdown of medical care and humanitarian assistance for protesters in Hong Kong have been deplored by the World Medical Association. With reports of physicians and other medical staff being arrested, and injured students and protesters being denied medical assistance, the WMA demands that the Hong Kong authorities respect human rights and do not to violate the spirit of the Geneva Conventions. WMA President Dr. Miguel Jorge said: ‘Medical personnel must be protected at all times no matter what …

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Recertification for doctors on a vocational scope of practice

20 November 2019 Medical Council of New Zealand

If you hold a vocational scope you must participate in the recertification programme offered by the medical college responsible for your area of vocational practice. Recertification programme providers – in most cases in New Zealand these are the specialist medical colleges – develop, manage and administer recertification programmes for each vocational area of medicine. The Medical Council sets the requirements for these programmes and accredits them against the relevant standards. Recertification programmes support doctors to maintain their competence, take responsibility …

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