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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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Urgent need to plug information gaps on clinical Covid infections

ASMS News 29 May 2020 ASMS Media Release

The lack of detail on the transmission of Covid-19 in clinical environments will send shudders through the health workforce, says the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. A report in the New Zealand Herald, based on Ministry of Health figures, shows of 183, or 12 per cent, of all 1504 confirmed and probable cases were among health workers.  While many were imported or linked to overseas travel, there are a significant number of cases in which the Ministry can’t say …

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Coronavirus: Elective surgery catch-up could take years

Other News 25 May 2020 Piers Fuller - Stuff

It could take years to get through a backlog of elective surgery patients caused by Covid-19 restrictions, say specialists. Senior doctors warn there aren’t enough specialists to increase capacity and many work in both the public and private sectors. Sarah Dalton, of the Association Salaried Medical Specialists, said New Zealand didn’t have enough senior doctors before the pandemic to deal with regular patient load and “nothing has changed”.

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Budget 2020 Takeaways

ASMS News 15 May 2020 ASMS

This week’s pre-Budget and Budget announcements have seen significant funding boosts for the health sector. But is it all good news? We’ve put together some information, along with our initial thoughts and main takeaways from Budget 2020.

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Health funding injection a big step in the right direction

ASMS News 12 May 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says the government’s pre-Budget funding announcement delivers a welcome shot in the arm for a health system which has been teetering on the edge. The Finance and Health Ministers have announced an extra $3.92 billion in operational funding over the next four years in what they describe as the largest injection into health in a decade.

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A big thank you!

ASMS News 1 May 2020 ASMS

Following the move out of Level 4 lockdown, the ASMS executive team wants to extend huge thanks to New Zealanders for their efforts in staying home and keeping people safe.

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ASMS briefing to Epidemic Response Committee

ASMS News 29 April 2020 ASMS

ASMS was invited to speak before parliament’s Epidemic Response Committee.  The Committee has been looking at the impact on the Covid-19 crisis on different sectors.  ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton gave a brief presentation before facing questions from MPs.

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