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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Rigid approach to saving money in public hospitals poses risks; senior doctors raise critical questions that need to be answered

ASMS News 4 May 2014 By Ian Powell

“Concerns about the one-size-fits-all approach being taken to national procurement for public hospitals should be a wake-up call for the Government,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. Mr Powell was responding to the concerns expressed publicly by Canterbury hospital specialists yesterday. Canterbury’s senior doctors fear the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) will lose millions of dollars a year, jobs will go and patients will suffer under the cost-cutting measures being driven by …

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Southern DHB looking for answers in wrong places

ASMS News 2 May 2014 By Ian Powell

“The Southern District Health Board (SDHB) is looking in the wrong places for help to solve its problems, when the answers are right under their noses,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The Otago Daily Times reports the Southern DHB spent $1.3 million on a wide range of external consultants in 2012-13, including more than $80,000 on advice from a US-based firm and more than $629,000 to PriceWaterhouseCoopers. “One has to ask why …

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Dunedin Hospital rebuild long overdue but privatisation feared

ASMS News 1 May 2014 By Ian Powell

“Dunedin Hospital has been allowed to become run down for too long so news that a major rebuild is moving closer will be welcome for patients and front line clinical staff working there,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Health Minister Tony Ryall has indicated the Cabinet will look at a business case for a major upgrade sometime next year. “Rebuilding the hospital is well overdue, and we’d like to see a real …

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District heath boards commended for initiative over global warming and climate change

ASMS News 30 April 2014 By Ian Powell

“South Island district health boards (DHBs) are to be commended for taking the initiative to manage the increased health risks associated with global warming and climate change,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The region’s five DHBs belong to the South Island Alliance, which has established a working group to identify the health risks and develop sustainable, long-term solutions. Health risks linked to climate change and an increase in extreme weather events include …

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Workforce resourcing essential for screening programme

ASMS News 14 April 2014 By Ian Powell

The Labour Party’s announcement of an extended national bowel screening programme is good news for patients and front line clinical staff, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Bowel cancer screening can undoubtedly save lives and we welcome plans to improve this important service,” he says. “However, we can’t lose sight of the issues to do with workforce capacity within the health sector.” “Hospital specialists and other health professionals are bearing the brunt of …

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Pincer Movement Traps Public Hospitals

ASMS News 6 April 2014 By Ian Powell

Erratic decision-making, heavy-handed management and examples of gaga behaviour characterise New Zealand’s health care system at the moment, the union for senior doctors and dentists here has told an Australian conference. Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), says hospital specialists here are grappling with ongoing staff shortages on the one hand and a deliberate government policy of under-funding hospitals on the other. “It’s a pincer movement that requires a calm head and some good …

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Steer Clear of Queensland Jobs, Senior Doctors Advised

ASMS News 4 April 2014 By Ian Powell

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is advising senior doctors in New Zealand not to apply for permanent jobs in Queensland, Australia, until the employment contracts dispute there has been satisfactorily resolved. “The state government is trying to force Queensland’s hospital specialists onto contractual arrangements which would strip away a lot of vital working conditions and protections if imposed,” says Mr Powell, ASMS Executive Director, today. “Senior doctors there are extremely concerned about the impact of the new arrangements …

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Message to ASMS members: Queensland contracts dispute

ASMS News 4 April 2014 By Ian Powell

ASMS strongly advises senior doctors in New Zealand not to apply for permanent positions in Queensland until the employment contracts dispute there is satisfactorily resolved. Queensland’s hospital specialists are fighting the state government’s plans to force them onto contractual arrangements which they say are punitive and potentially very damaging for senior doctors, patients and health services. More information is available from www.keepourdoctors.com.au as well as regular updates via the ASMS website www.asms.org.nz ASMS Executive Director Ian …

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DHBs Fail Clinical Leadership Tests

ASMS News 2 April 2014 By Ian Powell

“District health boards are too busy telling their Minister what they think he wants to hear and are failing to provide the leadership New Zealand’s health system needs,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), today. “We’ve surveyed our members working in public hospitals two times now, and both times we’ve found that not enough is being done to provide senior doctors and dentists with opportunities for clinical leadership,” he says. “A few …

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Staff shortages and financial constraints biting public hospitals

ASMS News 26 March 2014 By Ian Powell

“Staff shortages and financial constraints are clearly starting to bite at some public hospitals,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), today. “Last week we heard about drastic cost-cutting plans and possible job losses at Auckland DHB as it grapples with both a deficit and increasing pressure on its services,” he says. “We’ve also heard in the past few days about Southern DHB’s battle to deal with a $13 million deficit – and …

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