It could take years to get through a backlog of elective surgery patients caused by Covid-19 restrictions, say specialists. Senior doctors warn there aren’t enough specialists to increase capacity and many work in both the public and private sectors. Sarah Dalton, of the Association Salaried Medical Specialists, said New Zealand didn’t have enough senior doctors before the pandemic to deal with regular patient load and “nothing has changed”.
Christchurch Hospital is pushing ahead with a new $150m medical tower block despite its own doctors pleading that it’s far too small.
Health workers are at the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak response and as such are exposed to hazards that put them at risk of infection. Hazards include pathogen exposure, long working hours, psychological distress, fatigue, occupational burnout, stigma, and physical and psychological violence. This document highlights the rights and responsibilities of health workers, including the specific measures needed to protect occupational safety and health.
Finding appropriate childcare is a major concern for ASMS members and frontline health care staff during the Covid-19 crisis. The government has announced approved childcare companies which can look after the children of essential workers in their homes under strict protocols. It’s contained in the Ministry of Education’s update for schools. You can find it here
DHBs around the country are placing travel restrictions on staff to maintain staffing levels during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak amid warnings that hospital resources could be stretched. Staff at Auckland and Northland DHBs have been told if they go on holiday overseas and have to self-isolate on return, they’ll have to take unpaid or annual leave and will be unable to use sick leave or special paid leave. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton speaks to RNZ’s Morning Report. Read and …
A new medal has been developed by The Royal New Zealand College of GPs to pay tribute to Dr Amjad Hamid who was killed in the Christchurch mosque attacks. Dr Hamid was a heart doctor and rural hospital consultant and a member of ASMS. He lived in Christchurch but commuted to Hawera Hospital in Taranaki for work. Read more here
The West Coast DHB is planning to tackle a shortage of hospital doctors with a new breed of medics: Rural generalists. The Association for Salaried Medical Staff (ASMS) released a staffing survey this month, revealing what it called “a whopping 43 per cent shortfall of senior doctors” at the DHB. Five out of eight heads of department at the West Coast DHB said they did not have enough specialists for their services and estimated they were eight doctors short. …
The World Health Organisation has issued advice to healthworkers around an outbreak of Covid-19 as cases increase globally. It looks at the roles and responsibilities of healthworkers along with considerations relating to occupational safety and health. There are some good principles and guidelines for both health workforces and organisations. Read more here
She’s a mum, an anaesthetist and she’s on ASMS’ National Executive – she also has a black belt in karate. When Katie Ben decided to join her two young sons in their karate classes six years ago, self-doubt got the better of her and she almost turned around and drove home. Now Seido Karate is her passion. Read her inspiring story here