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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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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Employment Relations Amendment Bill Disappointing

ASMS News 21 March 2014 By Ian Powell

“The health sector will be worse off if the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, which had its second reading this week, passes into law,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. “It’s very disappointing that such an unfair, poor piece of legislation has made it this far,” he says. “It has the potential to cause significant disruption in the health sector by removing a number of important protections for the clinical workforce, and we …

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Auckland DHB needs to come clean about its cost cutting intentions, says ASMS

ASMS News 20 March 2014 By Ian Powell

The ASMS is calling on the chief executive of the district health board responsible for the country’s biggest public hospital needs to come clean about any intentions to cut medical staffing costs. “We’re extremely concerned by an email from Auckland District Health Board Chief Executive Ailsa Claire to senior managers and clinical leaders which strongly suggests drastic cost-cutting and job losses are being considered,” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell. To read the full text of the Auckland DHB …

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Cackhanded Management of Public Hospital Waiting Lists

ASMS News 18 March 2014 By Ian Powell

An article published today about a woman’s struggle to get onto a waiting list for much-needed surgery once more highlights the Government’s cackhanded management of hospital waiting lists, says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell. Wellington customer services worker Maree Drumm has a painful cyst the size of a tennis ball behind her knee and can’t sleep more than a few hours each night – yet she is unable to get onto

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