ASMS

Working for better health care in New Zealand

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

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Another international agreement being signed behind closed doors

ASMS News 7 April 2015 ASMS media release

“It’s very concerning that the Government has signed an international trade agreement locking in future rules for government purchasing without giving the public a chance to make submissions,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).  The full ASMS media release is available here.

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Senior doctors union welcomes top health appointment

ASMS News 26 March 2015 Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) welcomes the appointment of Chai Chuah as Chief Executive and Director-General of the Ministry of Health.  The full ASMS media release can be read here.  The official announcement is available here.

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DHBS’ decision a response to bureaucratic leadership incompetence

ASMS News 23 March 2015 ASMS Media Release

“The decision to appoint separate chief executives for the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa district health boards is under the circumstances probably a pragmatic response to bungling top-down bureaucratic decision-making by the top leadership of the two DHBs,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Following the long expected resignation of Graham Dyer as chief executive of both DHBs, the chairs of the two boards have announced plans to appoint separate chief executives. “The original …

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Gynae-oncology shortage leaves service vulnerable

ASMS News 17 March 2015 ASMS media release

“A small number of highly skilled gynaecological oncologists are providing a much-needed specialist health service but they are struggling to cope due to inadequate resourcing,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).  “This group of medical specialists do a sterling job for women with gynaecological cancer but we really do need more of them and the service they provide needs to be better funded.  The current situation is not sustainable and these specialists are …

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March issue of The Specialist now available

ASMS News 16 March 2015

The March issue of the ASMS magazine, The Specialist, is now available online here.  This issue features articles and commentary on a shortage of gynaecological oncologists, the risks of privatising Wellington’s laboratory services, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the need to revisit health funding and improve access to health care, a profile of an ASMS branch president – and much more.

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Wellington laboratories decision defies belief

ASMS News 9 March 2015 ASMS media release

“The decision by the three Wellington region district health boards to continue their attempt to put public hospital laboratories in the hands of a private company defies belief,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The DHB Boards appear to have forged ahead with their pre-determined path despite strong clinical opposition, a lack of robust financial analysis, and the Health Minister’s own advice to hospital bosses to listen to their clinical staff. What planet …

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Predictable attack on dental expert for highlighting high sugar consequences

ASMS News 9 March 2015 ASMS media release

“It’s disappointing – but predictable – that one of this country’s foremost dental experts has been attacked for speaking out about a major health problem facing New Zealanders, the over-consumption of sugar,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Dr Rob Beaglehole highlighted the impact of sugary drinks in particular on toddlers and children in TVNZ’s Sunday current affairs programme last night, including the removal of rotting teeth from babies still in nappies …

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Government needs to listen to dental expert on sugary drink consequences

ASMS News 9 March 2015 ASMS media release

One of this country’s foremost dental experts has spelt out the consequences of New Zealand’s high levels of sugar consumption for children, and the Government needs to listen,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Dr Rob Beaglehole highlighted the impact of sugary drinks in particular on toddlers and children in TVNZ’s Sunday current affairs programme last night, including the removal of rotting teeth from babies still in nappies and the high consumption …

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Gobsmacking lack of robust financial analysis for DHBs’ flawed laboratories proposal

ASMS News 2 March 2015 ASMS Media Release

“The three Wellington regional district health boards driving public hospital laboratories toward privatisation have failed dismally to provide any good financial analysis of the benefits of going down this path,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs are due to make a decision shortly about the future of the Wellington and Hutt Valley public hospital laboratories.  Medical specialists and other health professionals are very concerned …

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Cardboard cut-out specialists can’t cover holes in services

ASMS News 24 February 2015 New Zealand Doctor

ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell writes in a column in New Zealand Doctor magazine that by 2021, DHBs will be struggling on several hundred fewer hospital specialists than the Australian benchmark suggests will be needed.   The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and former health minister Tony Ryall fell out over DHB specialist numbers. Mr Ryall’s approach to solving what he had previously described as a crisis was to use fudged data to embellish the situation to make it …

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