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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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Waikato health board director mysteriously resigns

21 November 2017 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

A key member of former Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray’s inner circle has resigned, effective immediately. Waikato Hospital executive director Brett Paradine’s resignation was announced this morning in a memo from interim chief executive Derek Wright. Paradine has been on leave for the past couple of weeks and was not expected to return to work, DHB spokeswoman Lydia Aydon said. It was unclear why Paradine, who has worked for the board for 14 years, resigned. Read …

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Waikato DHB review of HealthTap contract looks deep into controversial $17m app

21 November 2017 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

The reliability and usefulness of American technology being used to power Waikato District Health Board’s SmartHealth app will form part of a review of the board’s contract with provider HealthTap. Buy-in from doctors, the cost of the contract to establish and run the app, barriers encountered in implementing SmartHealth, which has not met user target numbers, and the possibility of switching to a local provider, are also under review. The controversial app, believed to have cost upwards of $17 million …

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Urology super-clinic ‘a turning point’

20 November 2017 Eileen Goodwin - Otago Daily Times

The head of urology at Dunedin Hospital says it took time for his bosses to admit there was a problem but he is confident they will not ignore a similar situation in future. Speaking yesterday during a break in a special super-clinic, urology clinical leader Dr Al Hepburn said he was grateful to patients and staff for making it happen. “I was thanking [patients] for taking their weekend off and they were throwing it straight back.” The patients expressed gratitude, …

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More than $150,0000 spent on mysterious ‘Election 2017 project’ by drug lobby group

20 November 2017 Stacey Kirk, Laura Walters - Stuff

A ‘big pharma’ lobby group has sunk more than $150,000 into a mysterious scheme called “Election 2017 Project”. Financial statements for the pharmaceutical lobby group Medicines NZ show it spent $151,106 on the project, the firm’s second largest expense of 2016. The group has refused to reveal what the cash was spent on, and there are no references to a project of that name on the Medicines NZ website. Reads the article here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/98709991/more-than-1500000-spent-on-mysterious-election-2017-project-by-drug-lobby-group

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Former PM Helen Clark asks if dental care should be a basic right

20 November 2017 New Zealand Herald

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is making a plea to the Government to consider universal free dental care. This morning Clark praised the Revive a Smile dental charity for bringing a free mobile dental clinic to West Auckland. The charity aims to bring oral healthcare to low-income people in high-risk communities. In a series of tweets, Clark said she was “very concerned” about people who cannot afford regular check-ups and end up with serious dental problems. She added …

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Wearing halo of health seemingly incompatible

20 November 2017 Eileen Goodwin - Otago Daily Times

A University of Otago professor has suggested McDonald’s played some sort of covert role in stoking the recent outrage in the Ronald McDonald House row, an accusation it rejects. Health reporter  Eileen Goodwin looks at the controversy. Public health advocates are used to their ideals colliding with the pragmatism of the public. Charged with protecting the health of the population, their job does not make them popular. But they felt stung and surprised by the vociferous response to their well-meaning …

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Clinics to help 600 this weekend

20 November 2017 Eileen Goodwin - Otago Daily Times

More than 600 patients were expected to urology super-clinics at Dunedin Hospital yesterday. It is the first of two such super-clinic weekends to deal with the waiting list crisis in the service. Twelve urologists were present, nine from other parts of the country who have offered to help. They were scheduled to see 367 outpatients (assessments and follow-up checks), as well as perform at least 178 cystoscopies, 63 biopsies and 19 surgeries. The actual number of cystoscopies, biopsies, and surgeries …

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Clock ticking on plan for superbugs

20 November 2017 John Gibb - Otago Daily Times

Infection prevention specialists yesterday joined forces with the Ministry of Health to develop a national response plan to counter antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Co-convener of an infectious disease conference in Dunedin, Dr James Ussher, said New Zealand had a “limited window” in which to act, but there was no time for procrastination. The threats to New Zealand posed by new forms of superbugs were highlighted yesterday, on the first day of the Australasian Society of Infectious Disease New Zealand (ASID) annual scientific …

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One in five European NHS doctors plan to quit UK, survey reveals

17 November 2017 Denis Campbell - The Guardian

Almost one in five of the NHS’s European doctors have made plans to quit Britain, according to research that has raised fresh fears of a Brexit-induced medical brain drain. And almost half of the health service’s 12,000 medics from the European Economic Area (EEA) are considering moving abroad, the British Medical Association survey of 1,720 of them found. Read the article here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/14/one-in-five-european-nhs-doctors-plans-quit-uk-survey-reveals

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NZMA Independent report on euthanasia

17 November 2017 Commissioned by NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association commissioned Professor Grant Gillett to write an independent report on the debate about euthanasia as it affects the medical profession in New Zealand. Professor Gillett is a qualified neurosurgeon, has been a fellow in philosophy at Magdalen College, Oxford, and is now a Professor of Medical Ethics at the Bioethics Centre of the Otago University Medical School, and a fellow of the Royal Society. He continues to teach and write extensively on ethical issues …

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