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French doctors threaten to quit over hospitals crisis

17 December 2019 The Guardian

More than 600 French hospital doctors have threatened to resign if the government does not increase health funding, as striking medics prepare to take to the streets across the country. The doctors warn that budget cuts, bed closures and staff shortages are bringing France’s health system to the brink of collapse and putting patients’ lives at risk. Read more in The Guardian

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Whakaari/White Island: Burns surgeon with three-month-old back from maternity leave to help injured

16 December 2019 Libby Wilson - Stuff

Burns specialist Deirdre Seoighe arrived at work with a three-month-old baby in tow. Within minutes the Irish born surgeon was grappling with burns in numbers she had never seen before while staffers cuddled her tiny baby. At hospital she slogged so hard and for so long that she couldn’t remember how many hours she worked either in theatre or on the wards coordinating the massive effort to save lives after the Whakaari / White Island eruption. “It is a bit stressful to see this number …

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Three decades of speaking up for senior doctors

12 December 2019 RNZ - Nine to Noon

Ian Powell sat down with RNZ Nine to Noon host Kathryn Ryan to reflect on his 30 years as the public face of ASMS.  He was the the Association’s first Executive Director in 1989, when the union had 1200 members. It now has 5000.  He spoke to Kathryn Ryan about years of fighting for the pay and conditions of medical specialists and being a vocal advocate for the public health.  Have a listen here.     

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DHBs must address leadership culture – Ian Powell

11 December 2019 Ian Powell - ODT

Ian Powell, executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, has led the union since its formation in 1989. He leaves ASMS at the end of the year, and is gravely concerned about the state of district health boards, particularly the Southern DHB. Read more. 

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Updated Statement on informed consent

9 December 2019 Medical Council of New Zealand

The Medical Council has recently revisited its Statement on informed consent. Informed consent is a very important aspect of care. This statement sets out the standards of good medical practice when discussing options for treatment and obtaining consent from patients. We are pleased to share this statement with you. Some important points The key points about informed consent are: Every time treatment is provided, a doctor must have permission to provide that treatment. The process of obtaining that permission …

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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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