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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Canty DHB’s collaboration throws shade on Auckland leadership’s market model

ASMS News 11 October 2017 Ian Powell for New Zealand Doctor

Does your DHB transact with other organisations, or does it form relationships? Ian Powell of ASMS believes the relational approach helps Canterbury DHB succeed, and avoid the sorts of disputes now surrounding after-hours provision in Auckland In broad terms, DHBs can function in two ways – relationally or contractually. The relational approach is evidenced by Canterbury DHB, and is most obvious in its community–hospital health pathways, sometimes known as the Canterbury Initiative. The other is contractualism, a legacy of the …

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Significant shortage of senior doctors at struggling Counties Manukau DHB, survey finds

ASMS News 10 October 2017 Media Release - ASMS

A survey of Counties Manukau District Health Board reveals a significant shortfall of senior hospital specialists, more than two and a half times larger than the number of vacancies officially recorded. Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), says the results of the ASMS survey are very concerning and stand in stark contrast to reports the DHB is considering voluntary redundancies (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/340369/counties-manukau-dhb-offers-voluntary-redundancies and http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11927279). “We have an extraordinary situation where senior hospital doctors …

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Senior doctors applaud strong statement on public health investment

ASMS News 29 September 2017 Media Release - ASMS

Senior doctors are welcoming a strong position statement from the New Zealand Medical Association on the value of investing in public health. “Health obviously matters for the quality of life New Zealanders experience – and it also offers direct financial benefits that are sometimes overlooked,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on a position statement published by the New Zealand Medical Association, which advocates investing in health rather than viewing …

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Political parties need to spell out how they will address burnout of hospital specialists

ASMS News 19 September 2017 Media Release - ASMS

“Burnout among senior doctors providing front-line clinical care in our public hospitals is an important issue that political parties aspiring to be the next government need to address,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We want to hear from the Government on why they let this disaster happen and what they and the political parties lining up to form a new government after the election intend to do about both burnout and the …

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Shortage of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough DHB part of wider pattern

ASMS News 18 September 2017 Media Release - ASMS

A survey of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has revealed a shortage of specialists nearly two and a half times larger than the number of vacancies officially recorded, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). This follows a similar survey of senior doctors at Capital & Coast DHB, released last week, which also recorded significant shortages (https://www.asms.org.nz/news/asms-news/2017/09/11/survey-reveals-significant-shortfall-senior-doctors-capital-coast-dhb/). “We’re seeing an ongoing pattern of significant but largely invisible shortages in the …

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Survey reveals significant shortfall of senior doctors at Capital & Coast DHB

ASMS News 11 September 2017 Media Release - ASMS

A survey of senior doctors at Capital & Coast District Health Board has revealed a shortage of specialists three and a half times larger than the number of vacancies officially recorded, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “This highlights the difference between vacancies that hospitals are actively trying to fill and the actual gaps in the senior medical workforce which are often papered over by specialists shouldering more work to keep services running,” …

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Charity Hospital’s 10th birthday celebration a bitter-sweet anniversary

ASMS News 31 August 2017 Media Release - ASMS

“The fact local people are still having to go cap-in-hand for the health care their doctors say they need makes the 10th birthday of the Canterbury Charity Hospital a bitter-sweet anniversary,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The charity hospital has done an extraordinary amount of work in the past decade to ease the pain and suffering of people who have been unable to access surgery or other treatment in the severely under-funded …

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International praise for Canterbury DHB contrasts with heavy-handed message here

ASMS News 28 August 2017 MEDIA RELEASE - ASMS

“It’s ironic that Canterbury’s public health system is being praised internationally for its vision and performance even as it faces ongoing attacks in New Zealand,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on an article in The Guardian that says experiences from Canterbury offer key lessons on how accountable care should work, and how it should not (https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/aug/25/what-can-the-nhs-learn-from-new-zealand). The article by health reporter Richard Vize, who used to edit the …

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Senior doctors back West Coast protest over shoddy funding decisions for new medical facility

ASMS News 25 August 2017 Media Release - ASMS

“Senior doctors support tomorrow’s protest by West Coast people over the shoddy decision-making and flawed funding model for a new local medical facility,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s not that the facility isn’t needed – it’s about the Government foisting an unwanted public ‘private’ partnership called ‘capital recycling’ on the West Coast District Health Board under the guise of doing the local community a good turn, when in fact the funding …

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Senior doctors call on State Services Commission to take over Waikato investigation

ASMS News 24 August 2017 Media Release - ASMS

“The State Services Commission needs to take over the investigation into the expenses of Waikato District Health Board Chief Executive Nigel Murray,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that the SSC has asked the DHB when it will disclose Dr Murray’s latest expenses (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11906700). “We think the investigation by the DHB Board’s Chair Bob Simcock risks an apparent or real conflict of interest given his ringing endorsement …

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