ASMS

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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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Syphilis findings highlight need for well-resourced sexual health service

ASMS News 16 December 2016 Media Release - ASMS

“A report on a syphilis outbreak in the Auckland region highlights the need for a properly resourced sexual health service there,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on a New Zealand Medical Journal article by Dr Sunita Azariah, reported in the media, that the number of syphilis cases in Auckland reached its highest level in recent decades last year (https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/87631696/syphilis-cases-spike-in-auckland). Publication of the article comes as senior doctors and …

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Procrastination responsible for threat to Horowhenua health service

ASMS News 9 December 2016 Media Release - ASMS

“It seems very unfair that the people of Horowhenua may end up missing out on important health services just because of delays due to procrastination at the MidCentral District Health Board,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s not like the retirement of a longstanding senior doctor at the Horowhenua Health Centre has been sprung on the DHB – they’ve known about it since May last year but have been sitting on their …

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Public hospital senior doctors and dentists support action on sugary drinks

ASMS News 9 December 2016 Media Release - ASMS

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) supports the New Zealand Dental Association’s call for action to reduce the harm caused by sugary drinks. “Dental specialists in public hospitals see the unfortunate effects of sugary drinks on the teeth of young children and other very vulnerable groups, and they have been concerned about this for some time,” says Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director. “We’re very pleased to support a positive initiative to improve the health of New Zealanders.” The full …

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Medical students and senior doctors call for greater investment in medical workforce

ASMS News 7 December 2016 ASMS

The organisations representing both medical students and senior hospital doctors are calling for a greater focus on building a sustainable future medical workforce. The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) and the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) have put out a joint statement urging more investment in the current and future medical workforce to ensure top quality public health care. NZMSA Immediate Past President Mike Fleete says the statement was developed after a joint conference of medical students and …

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Flawed proposal to cut Auckland sexual health specialists

ASMS News 5 December 2016 Media Release - ASMS

“People already struggling to access sexual health treatment in the Auckland region could face even more of an uphill battle if changes to the sexual health service proposed by Auckland District Health Board bosses go ahead,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The DHB managers who think cutting the number of hospital specialists in the sexual health service is a good idea at a time when rates of HIV and syphilis are on …

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Unjustified hurtful attack on southern radiologists

ASMS News 2 December 2016 Media Release - ASMS

“The criticism of radiologists at Southern District Health Board was an unjustified attack,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that Southern DHB’s medical director of radiology had criticised long  delays for ultrasound at Southland Hospital and had also described dealing with the DHB’s radiologists as the hardest part of her job: (https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/86994219/eight-month-wait-for-ultrasound-at-southland-hospital-is-completely-unacceptable-radiology-boss-says).  This follows an early public attack on them (https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/health/director-takes-parting-shot-sdhb-radiology-staff). Mr Powell said her comments …

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Bad look for Waikato DHB over expense disclosure delays

ASMS News 2 December 2016 Media Release - ASMS

“It’s a bad look for Waikato District Health Board to be dragging the chain on disclosing the expenses of its chief executive,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that the State Services Commission is “disappointed” that Waikato DHB has not disclosed Chief Executive Nigel Murray’s expenses since he took up the job in 2014 (https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11758623). The DHB has reportedly attributed the delays with disclosing these expenses to …

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