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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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WMA protests criminalisation of medical practice

ASMS News 5 December 2019 World Medical Association

The World Medical Association has expressed its deep concern over a law being proposed by the Malaysian Government to imprison or fine physicians if they refuse to provide prescriptions being requested by patients. Read more

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The nonagenarian graduate: Doctorate in Medicine for 90-year-old Ron Trubuhovich

Other News 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

Other News 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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Yawning trans-Tasman salary gap for medical specialists

ASMS News 29 November 2019 ASMS

New research reveals medical specialists in New Zealand’s public hospitals are, on average, earning as much as 60 percent less than their Australian counterparts. The research, conducted by BERL for the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, compared the base 40-hour a week salaries of senior hospital doctors on both sides of the Tasman. “There is no surprise that salaries for medical specialists are higher in Australia than here”, says BERL Research Director Dr Ganesh Nana. “However, the size of the …

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Doctors warn if working conditions unchanged ‘suffering of New Zealanders will worsen’

Other News 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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Gender pay gap affects specialists – new study

ASMS News 28 November 2019 ASMS

The senior doctors’ union will ask District Health Boards to introduce gender pay audits after independently-conducted research found female specialists are paid 12.5% less per hour than their male colleagues. Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) Deputy Executive Director Angela Belich said the findings provide an evidence base for the many anecdotal reports from women members who believed they were paid less but had no way of proving it. “ASMS will be asking each DHB to conduct a gender pay …

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Tipping point reached in public hospitals

ASMS News 25 November 2019 ASMS

Hospital specialists around the country warn that public hospitals have reached a tipping point in a new report entitled: Hospitals on the Edge. Produced by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, the report is released today ahead of the health union’s annual conference. The impetus for the report is the rising concern of members about the increasingly unsafe state of our public hospitals and clinical services. The report contains statistical analysis as well as comments from working specialists, who have …

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Senior doctors say public hospitals in crisis due to staffing – interview

Other News 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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Cultural Safety and He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity

Other News 22 November 2019 Medical Council - press release

Release of Statement on cultural safety and He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity E ngā rata, e ngā iwi, e ngā tauiwi o te motu, tenā tātou katoa, The Medical Council, in partnership with Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (Te ORA), is pleased to be releasing our Statement on cultural safety and He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity. These important resources have been developed over several years, and are the result of an extensive literature …

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