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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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March issue of The Specialist now available

ASMS News 16 March 2015

The March issue of the ASMS magazine, The Specialist, is now available online here.  This issue features articles and commentary on a shortage of gynaecological oncologists, the risks of privatising Wellington’s laboratory services, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the need to revisit health funding and improve access to health care, a profile of an ASMS branch president – and much more.

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Wellington laboratories decision defies belief

ASMS News 9 March 2015 ASMS media release

“The decision by the three Wellington region district health boards to continue their attempt to put public hospital laboratories in the hands of a private company defies belief,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The DHB Boards appear to have forged ahead with their pre-determined path despite strong clinical opposition, a lack of robust financial analysis, and the Health Minister’s own advice to hospital bosses to listen to their clinical staff. What planet …

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Predictable attack on dental expert for highlighting high sugar consequences

ASMS News 9 March 2015 ASMS media release

“It’s disappointing – but predictable – that one of this country’s foremost dental experts has been attacked for speaking out about a major health problem facing New Zealanders, the over-consumption of sugar,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Dr Rob Beaglehole highlighted the impact of sugary drinks in particular on toddlers and children in TVNZ’s Sunday current affairs programme last night, including the removal of rotting teeth from babies still in nappies …

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Government needs to listen to dental expert on sugary drink consequences

ASMS News 9 March 2015 ASMS media release

One of this country’s foremost dental experts has spelt out the consequences of New Zealand’s high levels of sugar consumption for children, and the Government needs to listen,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Dr Rob Beaglehole highlighted the impact of sugary drinks in particular on toddlers and children in TVNZ’s Sunday current affairs programme last night, including the removal of rotting teeth from babies still in nappies and the high consumption …

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Gobsmacking lack of robust financial analysis for DHBs’ flawed laboratories proposal

ASMS News 2 March 2015 ASMS Media Release

“The three Wellington regional district health boards driving public hospital laboratories toward privatisation have failed dismally to provide any good financial analysis of the benefits of going down this path,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs are due to make a decision shortly about the future of the Wellington and Hutt Valley public hospital laboratories.  Medical specialists and other health professionals are very concerned …

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Cardboard cut-out specialists can’t cover holes in services

ASMS News 24 February 2015 New Zealand Doctor

ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell writes in a column in New Zealand Doctor magazine that by 2021, DHBs will be struggling on several hundred fewer hospital specialists than the Australian benchmark suggests will be needed.   The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and former health minister Tony Ryall fell out over DHB specialist numbers. Mr Ryall’s approach to solving what he had previously described as a crisis was to use fudged data to embellish the situation to make it …

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ASMS congratulates re-elected Medical Council Chair

ASMS News 20 February 2015 Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director

“We are delighted that Andrew Connolly has been re-elected as Chair of the Medical Council of New Zealand and look forward to working further with him,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Mr Connolly, a general and colorectal surgeon from Counties Manukau DHB, has been unanimously re-elected for another term as Chair of the Medical Council.  He is also an ASMS member. Mr Powell says Mr Connolly has raised the level of Medical …

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Wellington and Hutt senior doctors overwhelmingly oppose privatisation of their public hospital laboratories

ASMS News 18 February 2015 Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director

“A survey of senior doctors employed by two Wellington region district health boards shows they are overwhelmingly opposed to the prospect of privatising their public hospital laboratories,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The ASMS surveyed 398 members employed by the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs to gauge their feelings about DHB moves to privatise the region’s public hospital laboratories.  Of these, 201 people (just over half) responded. Senior doctors were …

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Specialists and others working in public hospital deserve credit for patient survey results

ASMS News 12 February 2015 Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director

Senior doctors, other health professionals and support staff working in New Zealand’s public hospitals deserve credit for the high levels of satisfaction being recorded by hospital patients,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). A Health Quality & Safety Commission survey of more than 6000 people who had stayed in a public hospital last November recorded high levels of overall satisfaction across aspects of their care, such as communication, partnership, coordination of their care, …

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Dr James Judson on the formation of the ASMS

ASMS News 10 February 2015

A video interview with Dr James Judson, one of the founders of the ASMS, is now available online.  Dr Judson talks about the environment in which the ASMS was formed and the employment conditions for senior public hospital doctors at the time.

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