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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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CTU Budget 2021 Analysis

24 May 2021 ASMS

Every year the Council of Trade Unions carries out a detailed analysis of the Budget across all sectors. ASMS’ Research and Policy Team contributes to the analysis on health spending. The report crunches the numbers and looks at what has been promised and whether there is sufficient funding to cover rising costs, including wages, population growth and demographic change. The health section is on p18 of the report which you can read here

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Investment in health workforce needs to follow Budget boost

20 May 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says the Government is showing real commitment in trying to correct decades of underfunding in health, but it shouldn’t forget the commitment of the people who keep the system going. This year’s Budget has delivered a $4.7 billion dollar increase in health spending, boosted by funding for Covid and health system restructuring. “We are pleased to hear this will be the first of three Budgets along these lines, because despite some …

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Payroll disruption for Waikato DHB members

20 May 2021 ASMS

We want to thank our members at Waikato DHB for going above and beyond this week in the wake of the cyber attack which has caused major disruption to clinical services and patient care. Unfortunately it has also affected the DHB’s payroll system. We wanted to give our Waikato members a quick update. 

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Counting and choosing when it comes to health

17 May 2021 ASMS comment piece

One of the things that Covid has taught us is that our health system is fragile. It needs to be protected. It needs to be shored up. It needs sustained investment. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton looks at what specialists and the health system need to see in this year’s Budget in an opinion piece for the Sunday Star Times.

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Senior doctors battle entrenched burnout

ASMS News 7 May 2021 ASMS

A survey by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora, shows one in two senior doctors are experiencing high levels of burnout and there has been no improvement in the past five years. Burnout is an occupational syndrome caused by chronic workplace stress. ASMS has repeated a survey carried out in 2015 to compare burnout levels five years on and to measure the impact of staffing shortages, growing patient demand and clinical pressures. More than 2,100 ASMS members …

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Public sector pay restraint a ‘kick in the teeth’

ASMS News 5 May 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says the Government’s ongoing public sector pay restraint is a kick in the teeth to senior doctors and dentists who keep core health services going and have kept New Zealanders safe and cared for during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a press release on the Government’s Workforce Policy Statement, Public Service Minister Chris Hipkins has ruled out pay increases for those earning over $100,000 for the next three years. ASMS Executive Director …

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CME and the trans-Tasman travel bubble

ASMS News 23 April 2021 ASMS

With the much-anticipated trans-Tasman travel bubble now operating, some of you may be thinking of jetting across the Tasman for a holiday or for CME. We have put together some initial advice.

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Rural health at a crossroads

ASMS News 23 April 2021 ASMS

People living in rural areas and small town in New Zealand face greater barriers accessing healthcare services than people in urban centres. The delivery of healthcare to rural communities and the recruitment of health professionals is also challenging. ASMS has produced a Research Brief which discusses models of healthcare and how rural communities can best be served.

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Bold response to tackle stressed health system

21 April 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says the Government has chosen a bold path of health reform, but increased health funding and investment must sit alongside. The Health Minister Andrew Little has announced a generational shakeup of the health system, which goes much further that the recommendations of the Health and Disability System Review. ASMS applauds the Government’s decision to establish a Māori Health Authority with full commissioning rights, as a new pathway to deliver health equity …

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Roll up your sleeve!

ASMS News 13 April 2021 ASMS

“I am very grateful to have received the first dose of the vaccine. It’s a protection for the patients we see, for the wider team, my family and myself”. As frontline health staff, ASMS members have been rolling up their sleeves and lining up for their Covid vaccinations. ASMS fully supports the government’s Covid vaccine rollout. Some of our members have sent in picture of themselves receiving their first jab. Take a look.

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