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.

  • News

Too many unanswered questions with Government figures on unmet need

ASMS News 7 March 2016 ASMS Media Release

“There are far too many unanswered questions with the Government’s figures on unmet health need to have any confidence in them as an accurate reflection of what’s happening,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on media reports that the Government has released figures which show more than 5300 people missed out on surgery they need over a three-month period last year (https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/77566630/who-is-missing-out-on-surgery-government-releases-first-figures-of-phantom-waiting-list).  This may be as high as 20,000 …

Read more »

Senior doctors concerned about decision to cut Canterbury hospital beds

ASMS News 29 February 2016 ASMS Media Release

“Senior doctors are seriously concerned that the Government is imposing a reduction in beds for Canterbury’s new hospital when Christchurch already has the lowest hospital admission rates in the country,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s one indignity after another for the people of Canterbury,” he says.  “On top of their ongoing struggles to recover from the devastating earthquakes there five years ago, they’re having to battle the Government for adequate funding …

Read more »

Independent investigation needed into concerns raised by Canterbury senior doctor

ASMS News 26 February 2016 ASMS Media Release

The Ministry of Health is doing the people of Canterbury a disservice by claiming that it is undertaking an independent investigation of a complaint against one of its senior officials by a senior doctor at Canterbury District Health Board, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Instead the Ministry has engaged a legal firm which has done work for the Ministry on a number of occasions, which raises serious questions about the independence of …

Read more »

Shameful struggle for mental health funding in Canterbury

ASMS News 17 February 2016 ASMS Media Release

The Government needs to listen to the people of Canterbury and what the health professionals there are saying about the level of mental health need in the community, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s shameful that Canterbury’s communities are struggling to get the mental health treatment they need following the devastating earthquakes in the region.  People are still dealing with the trauma of losing families, friends, their homes and businesses in the …

Read more »

Senior doctors want explanation for decision to delay Grey Hospital rebuild

ASMS News 4 February 2016 ASMS Media Release

West Coast senior doctors want to know why the Grey Hospital rebuild is being delayed because of a relatively small budget over-run due to previously undetected earthquake vulnerability, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The decision to put this long-awaited and much-needed project on hold is incomprehensible,” he says. “Senior doctors are rightly suspicious of the reasons behind the decisions, given the fraught history of the project, and fear for future progress.” Grey …

Read more »

TPPA impact on health a significant concern

ASMS News 3 February 2016 ASMS Media Release

“It’s very disappointing that the Government continues to press ahead with the flawed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) despite significant concerns raised by senior health professionals and many others,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Thousands of people took to the streets last year to express concern about the lack of transparency around this international trade deal and its likely adverse impact on New Zealand.  In a breath-taking display of arrogance, those concerns …

Read more »

Government stealthily returning to failed market approach to health

ASMS News 18 January 2016 ASMS - Media Release

“The Government appears to be sidling back to a market-drive approach to the provision of public hospital services,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s all happening in the background and largely below the radar, which is of concern, and it really warrants active scrutiny,” he says. “For example, when we look at the Ministry of Health executive restructure announced recently, we note that the functions of the apparently disbanded National Health Board …

Read more »

Public hospital workers bear brunt of financial belt-tightening

ASMS News 11 January 2016 ASMS Media Release

“Public hospital staff are clearly bearing the brunt of the Government’s belt-tightening in the health sector,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The latest information from the State Services Commission (SSC) shows that public health sector wages and salaries have fallen well below the inflation rate over the past five years.  As well, there is now a significant and growing gap between public health sector pay packets and what people are earning in …

Read more »

Increasingly challenging to provide psychiatric care in old age

ASMS News 21 December 2015 ASMS - Media Release

The specialist doctors providing psychiatric treatment for elderly people are struggling to keep up with demand as the population ages, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “As a country we’re going to need to address this if we’re to continue providing good quality care for all New Zealanders.” He was commenting on an article in the latest issue of the ASMS magazine, The Specialist, which looks at the challenges for the senior medical …

Read more »