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DHBs need to employ GPs directly to ease shortages

ASMS News 12 February 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says a chronic shortage of family doctors in Northland is no surprise. RNZ is reporting that the shortage means patients are waiting up to two weeks to see a GP, while Whangarei Hospital is sending about eight non-urgent patients away each day with vouchers for free treatment at a private emergency clinic. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says it shows up clear flaws in the current model of primary healthcare. “Having non-urgent patients …

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Have your say – come along to our 2020 JCC meetings

ASMS News 5 February 2020 ASMS

Did you know that JCC meetings give you the chance to speak directly with your chief executive, CMO and your ASMS colleagues and representatives? Come along to the next JCC meeting and find out. We have a one-hour pre-meeting, followed by a two-hour JCC meeting. You can come to either or both.  

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Hutt Valley DHB running short on senior doctors

ASMS News 4 February 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Hutt Valley District Health Board is operating with a significant shortage of senior doctors, according to a staffing survey carried out by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. ASMS has been looking at senior doctor 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 treatment for patients. The Hutt Valley DHB survey, which was carried out between August-October last year, found an …

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Health infrastructure investment part of much-needed catch-up

ASMS News 29 January 2020 ASMS Media Release

Health infrastructure investment part of much-needed catch-up The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is pleased to see the government committing to much-needed investment in health infrastructure, with many facilities and hospitals running at breaking point. The government has today announced $300 million of capital investment to be spread across child and maternal health, mental health and addiction, regional and rural service projects and upgrading and fixing ageing hospital facilities. ASMS, which represents senior doctors and dentists, says there has been …

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DHBs are a public good – let’s start treating them that way

ASMS News 23 January 2020 Sarah Dalton

Peter Davis makes a number of salient points about DHBs and public health in his opinion piece (‘Loss-making DHBs need a serious re-set’ Jan 9) and it was heartening to see a new board member from the country’s largest DHB speaking up. His article stresses the need for DHBs to maximise the benefits they provide to the community – and rightly so.  However he underplays the bare-faced reality of a public health system in which DHB running costs far outstrip …

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Don’t talk to me about resilience …

Other News 22 January 2020 British Medical Association

Hollow words about coping and resilience are not only patronising but make doctors who face unsustainable pressures feel it is their fault if they are struggling, says emergency medicine consultant Shewli Rahman. I arrived for my on-call, parked, sat in my car and realised I couldn’t get out. This wasn’t a bad day, bad week, or even a bad month. I simply didn’t want to be a doctor any more. I wanted it all to stop. I had been an …

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Our sick hospitals

Other News 21 January 2020 NZ Herald

The NZ Herald reveals serious hospital infrastructure issues across the country, including cramped, leaky and outdated buildings, old wiring that poses a fire hazard, not enough theatre space and a lack of equipment to help transfer vulnerable newborns.  It says they are a major risk to the treatment and safety of patients.  Highlights ASMS’ Hospitals on the Edge report. Read here

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Spiralling DHB deficits prove the pie is too small

ASMS News 17 January 2020 ASMS Media Release

Reports that DHB deficits are set to blow out even further this year are yet more proof that underfunding is bringing hospitals to their knees, says the new Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Sarah Dalton. A New Zealand Herald report – “Sheer Incompetence: DHBs continue financial nosedive” – says new figures from the Ministry of Health show the financial situation for DHBs is continuing to deteriorate and the overall DHB deficit is expected to rise …

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Kia ora koutou – a quick look at the year ahead

ASMS News 17 January 2020 ASMS

Ngā mihi o te tau hou I hope those of you who were able to take a holiday over the Christmas/New Year period enjoyed the break and managed to find some good weather. For those of you who had to work through, I hope you can take much-needed time-off over the summer or later in the year. We are all back on deck at ASMS and there are a few things we wanted to share with you ahead of what …

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Bushfire smoke research will help doctors – AMA

Other News 17 January 2020 Australian Medical Association

The Australian Medical Association says the findings of new bushfire smoke research will provide people with better knowledge of prevention measures and empower doctors with better clinical solutions to care for communities affected by future extreme bushfires and other air quality emergencies. Australia’s Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has announced $5 million funding for research into both the physiological and mental health impacts of prolonged exposure to bushfire smoke on people and whole communities after weeks of warnings about air quality. …

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