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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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Vulnerable Children’s Act – exemptions required for people with some convictions

ASMS News 1 June 2016 ASMS

The advice about exemptions relating to the Vulnerable Children’s Act in the last National Direct (sent electronically to all members) specifically relates to (the very few of) our members who may have had a specific criminal conviction in the past, and which would require them to apply for an exemption to continue to work with children. Most of our members simply have to comply with DHB vetting and screening procedures which should be outlined in local DHB policies. New employees …

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Time for an honest look at funding of New Zealand’s public health system

ASMS News 27 May 2016 Media Release - Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director

An article in the latest New Zealand Medical Journal, out today (Friday), dismantles claims that the cost of public health care in this country is excessive and unsustainable. The article, Funding New Zealand’s public health care system: time for an honest appraisal and public debate, examines data from the Treasury and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and concludes that claims about New Zealand’s health care spending are based on a misrepresentation. It was written jointly by Lyndon …

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Funding shortfalls for health set to continue under Government Budget

ASMS News 26 May 2016 Media Release - Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director

“The Government had an opportunity to fund public hospitals and health care properly after years of funding shortfalls – and decided not to,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on the Government’s Budget outlined today. A preliminary analysis shows an overall operational funding shortfall of $304 million, including a funding shortfall for district health boards of approximately $131 million. “There have been significant funding shortfalls for at least each of …

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Senior doctors urge Government to properly fund public health

24 May 2016 Ian Powell - ASMS Executive Director

“The Government has an opportunity this week to fix the longstanding problems which are preventing thousands of New Zealanders each year from getting the health care their doctors know they need,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The Government’s Budget for the coming year will be revealed on Thursday 26 May – and Mr Powell says a pre-Budget analysis by the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) and ASMS shows that Vote Health’s operational …

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DHBs and senior doctors to thrash out major employment deal

ASMS News 19 May 2016 New Zealand Doctor – Cliff Taylor

19 May 2016   The specialist medical workforce is “fragile” and needs a strong employment agreement negotiated with DHBs to encourage the recruitment and retention of doctors, says Association of Salaried Medical Specialists executive director Ian Powell. The third day of negotiations between the ASMS and DHBs kicks off tomorrow as the sides seek to thrash out a multi-employer collective agreement (MECA). The ASMS has presented a raft of issues in its claim, including some covering pay and conditions which …

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A bit early to break out the champagne, Minister

ASMS News 19 May 2016

“It’s always good to have more doctors and nurses working in our public hospitals but the picture isn’t as rosy as the Government is suggesting,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was responding to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman’s assertion that the number of senior doctors working in district health boards around the country had increased by 36% since 2008 (https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/over-6100-more-doctors-nurses-our-hospitals). “Unfortunately for the Government, some of the gloss comes off these …

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Exclusive APAC Forum offer for ASMS members

ASMS News 12 May 2016 ASMS News - APAC Forum

A  preferential rate is being offered to ASMS members  registering for this year’s APAC Forum in Sydney – as long as you book your place before 31 May.  ASMS members can save up to $404  on the price of a Forum ticket, and details of the preferential rate are available here. APAC is organised each year by Ko Awatea, the Centre for health system innovation and improvement within Counties Manukau DHB, and features presentations and workshops on a …

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Government data on patient referrals falls short of what’s needed

ASMS News 27 April 2016 ASMS Media Release

“The information on patient referrals released by the Government needs to be seen for what it is: a partial snapshot that falls seriously short of what we need to know about access to health care in this country,”  says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on the Government’s release of information from its National Patient Flow project: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/specialist-referral-outcomes-dhb and https://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/media-releases/first-data-new-national-collection. “It’s interesting to know how many people are being …

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Wake up call for Ministry of Health to repair Canterbury relationships

ASMS News 26 April 2016 ASMS Media Release

“The Ministry of Health needs to urgently repair its damaged relationship with Canterbury District Health Board if its senior leadership is to work effectively with senior doctors and hospital managers there,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on media reports that senior doctors at Christchurch Hospital had launched a rare strong public criticism on the Ministry of Health, accusing it of wilful blindness to the state of its emergency department …

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Government proposal on fluoridation decision-making hailed by senior doctors

ASMS News 13 April 2016 ASMS Media Release

“The Government is to be commended for its excellent decision to let district health boards, rather than councils, decide on fluoridation of local water supplies,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on proposed changes announced by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/fluoridation-decision-move-dhbs-0. “This is a good, pragmatic move on the Government’s part,” says Mr Powell. “Dental and public health specialists have to deal with …

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