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We promote, protect and support the interests of our members in all aspects of their working lives. We are working for an equitable, accessible public health care system that meets the needs of all New Zealanders.

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Your right to speak up

ASMS News 24 August 2020 ASMS

Senior doctors and dentists have the right under the MECA to speak publicly on issues they believe are important. This can include if they feel patient care is being compromised or to voice concerns about the way healthcare is being managed and delivered.

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An open letter to the people of Canterbury

ASMS News 20 August 2020 ASMS

Senior medical staff  have written an open letter to the people of Canterbury over the leadership crisis at their DHB and the actions of the Board.  The letter was written following a meeting of about 100 ASMS members and members of the Canterbury Hospitals’ Medical Staff Association. At that time five members of the executive leadership team had resigned, but the number has now risen to seven.

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Registrations now open!

ASMS News 18 August 2020 ASMS

The 32nd ASMS Annual Conference will be held on 26-27 November at Te Papa in Wellington. This year’s theme is ‘Building the workforce pipeline, stopping the drain.’ We already have confirmed speakers from the Simpson Review, and on the critical developing equity kaupapa discussion.

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Doctors call for accountability and transparency from Canterbury Board

ASMS News 17 August 2020 ASMS Media Release

Senior doctors at the Canterbury DHB are calling on the Board to front up and be accountable to staff and to the people of Canterbury. More than 100 members of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and the Canterbury Hospitals’ Medical Staff Association met today to discuss a management leadership crisis. It came as yet another senior executive resigned. The resignation of the Chief Medical Officer follows that of Chief Executive David Meates and three other members of his executive …

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Southlanders – what price your health?

ASMS News 11 August 2020 ASMS opinion piece

Southlanders can feel lucky in the extent to which your district health board provides a contrast to the sorry events at Canterbury DHB, where a hostile board and Crown monitor have effectively led to the departure of the chief executive David Meates and three members of his senior leadership.

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DHB Chief Executive put in untenable position

ASMS News 4 August 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says Canterbury DHB Chief Executive David Meates was put in an untenable position and the people of Canterbury should be angry and upset over his resignation. Mr Meates’ resignation from both the Canterbury and West Coast DHBs was announced at an emergency Canterbury Board meeting today. Two other members of his executive leadership team have recently resigned and ASMS understands others could follow. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says David Meates has been a …

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Commentary on the Health and Disability System Review

ASMS News 3 August 2020 ASMS

The Simpson Health and Disability System Review recommends the most wide-ranging reform of the health system in 20 years. ASMS has gone through the 274-page report and put together a summary which includes analysis and commentary of the main proposals. 

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Sticking plaster approach to Family Planning

ASMS News 28 July 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says a one-off funding boost for Family Planning is a step in the right direction but there needs to be commitment to proper long-term funding and pay parity for senior doctors across the health sector. The Government has announced $427,000 in support to Family Planning to help reduce waiting times for patients. Family Planning has not had a funding increase in over ten years.  Last week it apologised to patients saying it was struggling …

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Cash-starved Family Planning should not have to apologise to patients

ASMS News 24 July 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says it is shameful that Family Planning has been pushed to a point where it is having to publicly apologise to patients. Family Planning says it cannot meet demand and patients are facing long waits for appointments.  It says despite population growth, escalating costs and increasing need for services, it has faced 12 years with no funding increase from Government.  Read story – Family planning clinics across the country unable to keep up …

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Opinion piece: Are we up for the long haul of health reform?

ASMS News 17 July 2020 ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton

Transforming the health system will demand a mindshift away from an adversarial style of politics, otherwise we are doomed to watch the Simpson Review sink like a stone into the political mire, writes ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton.

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