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Getting down to business

ASMS News 2 March 2020 ASMS

After another two days of MECA negotiations we are starting to get down to business. Check out the short video update below.  

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Connecting systems and people for the collective good

ASMS News 2 March 2020 Sarah Dalton - NZ Doctor

ASMS executive director Sarah Dalton’s first column for New Zealand Doctor looks at the role of the union, the inconsistencies of health IT, and wider issues in an election year.    Kia ora koutou katoa. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini – or, very loosely translated, we do our best work by working together. This whakataukī is a touchstone for me as I step into my role as executive director at Toi Mata Hauora/Association of …

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West Coast DHB recruitíng ‘rural generalists’ to solve doctor shortage

Other News 27 February 2020 Stuff - Local Democracy Reporting

The West Coast DHB is planning to tackle a shortage of hospital doctors with a new breed of medics: Rural generalists. The Association for Salaried Medical Staff (ASMS) released a staffing survey this month, revealing what it called “a whopping 43 per cent shortfall of senior doctors” at the DHB. Five out of eight heads of department at the West Coast DHB said they did not have enough specialists for their services and estimated they were eight doctors short.  …

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WHO advice to healthworkers on Covid-19

Other News 26 February 2020 World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation has issued advice to healthworkers around an outbreak of Covid-19 as cases increase globally.  It looks at the roles and responsibilities of healthworkers along with considerations relating to occupational safety and health.  There are some good principles and guidelines for both health workforces and organisations.  Read more here  

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An anaesthetist with a black belt

Other News 24 February 2020 Stuff

She’s a mum, an anaesthetist and she’s on ASMS’ National Executive – she also has a black belt in karate. When Katie Ben decided to join her two young sons in their karate classes six years ago, self-doubt got the better of her and she almost turned around and drove home. Now Seido Karate is her passion.  Read her inspiring story here     

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Doctors fear coronavirus will hit NZ at same time as winter flu season

Other News 21 February 2020 RNZ NEWS

Doctors fear the coronavirus Covid-19 will hit New Zealand at the same time as the winter flu season, stretching health services and hospitals to breaking point. A report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research says New Zealand needs to do more to prepare for a pandemic and not rely on travel bans. Sarah Dalton, executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, said “I think our whole public health function in terms of epidemiology, planning, preparedness for …

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Whopping senior doctor shortage at West Coast DHB

ASMS News 18 February 2020 ASMS

A survey estimates a 43% shortfall of senior doctors at the West Coast District Health Board. The Association for Salaried Medical Staff, which represents senior hospital doctors and dentists, has just released the results of a staffing survey carried out between July and December last year. It has been looking at staffing levels across DHBs by asking clinical hospital leaders to assess how many full-time specialist positions are needed in their department to provide quality and timely patient care. Five …

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Middlemore doctor slams govt inaction on obesity

Other News 17 February 2020 Stuff

Middlemore Hospital intensive care specialist Dr David Galler sees the impact of obesity every day and believes his region has been abandoned in its fight against fat. Dr Galler and ASMS have been highly critical of the government’s decision to allow the food industry to continue self-regulating fast food advertising and have written to the Health Minister calling for tighter regulations. Read more        

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MECA negotiations underway

ASMS News 13 February 2020 ASMS

The first round of MECA negotiations has kicked off in Wellington. We have put together a 23-strong negotiating team, made up of ASMS representatives from around the country. Here’s the presentation given by ASMS President Murray Barclay. It gives a good sense of the key issues we’ll be discussing: MECA negotiation background. See who’s on the ASMS team here.

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Loss of orthopaedic surgeons will exacerbate estimated 33% shortage of senior doctors at Wairarapa DHB

ASMS News 13 February 2020 By Liz Brown

The loss of two long-standing orthopaedic surgeons at Wairarapa DHB will exacerbate an already serious staffing shortage at Wairarapa DHB, says the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. ASMS has just released the results of a staffing survey carried out in September last year which shows an estimated shortage of full-time senior doctor positions of 33%. It has been looking at staffing levels across DHBs by asking clinical hospital leaders to assess how many full-time specialist positions are needed in their …

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