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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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Outgoing health union boss slams Health Minister David Clark

29 July 2019 Cate Broughton - Stuff

Health Minister David Clark has come under sustained attack from an unlikely source – a health union boss.

Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) executive director Ian Powell gave his final speech in the role he has held for 30 years at a conference for hospital dentists and doctors in Napier on Saturday.

The organisation represents more than 4800 specialist doctors in public hospitals across New Zealand.

Powell took the opportunity to vent a litany of frustrations about the health minister in his speech, titled: “Toughen up David; the fires are burning and you are running out of time.”

Clark’s greatest sin, according to Powell, was his failure to address the country’s massive shortage of medical specialists – with public hospitals facing average staffing shortfalls of 22 per cent.

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